Updated: 05:17 PM EDT
Police Hunt Pack of Killer Chimps
By CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAY, AP
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (April 24) - Police hunted Monday for chimpanzees that
escaped from a Sierra Leone preserve and mauled a group of local and American
sightseers - a rare attack that left one local man dead and at least four other
The U.S. Embassy warned Americans against traveling to the Tacugama Chimpanzee
Sanctuary, from where the chimps escaped before the Sunday attack on a taxicab
filled with Americans and others.
The Sierra Leonean driver died as the chimps ripped his body apart and the three
Americans were treated at a local hospital for minor injuries, said a top police
official, Oliver Somasa.
Another Sierra Leonean man in the group had his hand amputated after the primate
mauling, Somasa said. U.S. officials had no further comment. The Americans were
in Sierra Leone to help construct a new embassy building, Somasa said.
Armed police were searching Monday for 27 chimpanzees, Somasa said, while four
other chimps had already returned on their own accord to the reserve.
Somosa said it was unclear why the chimps attacked or how the chimps were able
to flee the park.
Chimpanzee attacks are unusual but not unprecedented.
Two chimps that escaped from their cages in a California sanctuary severely mauled
one man last year, injuring his genitals and limbs. A bystander shot the primates
before they could kill their victim.
04/24/06 12:25 EDT