Chimps Attacking Humans In Revenge For Habitat Destruction?

Does this portend a future war between apes and humanity? Local media in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are interpreting a spate of chimp violence perpetrated against people as motivated by revenge. Via New Scientist:

Habitat loss may be to blame for an apparent spate of violent attacks by chimpanzees on humans in the war-torn eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Mistrust of chimpanzees has been heightened by local media reports, which suggest that as many as 10 people have been killed and 17 injured by chimps, in acts that were reported as “revenge attacks” for people encroaching on their territory.

Klaus Zuberbuhler, a psychologist at the University of St Andrews in Fife, UK, and scientific director of the Budongo Conservation Field Station in Uganda, says restricting the chimps’ habitat can certainly affect their behaviour, though it is debatable whether the chimps’ aggression towards humans is a form of revenge. “It may be a more general sign of mistrust and antagonism, which is regularly seen in chimp sanctuaries and other captive facilities,” he says.

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  • Littlemisteramerica

    *GASP!* They’re just like us! Whoooo would’ve thought?!?

  • Littlemisteramerica

    *GASP!* They’re just like us! Whoooo would’ve thought?!?

  • http://twitter.com/mattstaggs Matt Staggs

    Any report of them wearing leather armor and riding horses yet?

  • http://twitter.com/mattstaggs Matt Staggs

    Any report of them wearing leather armor and riding horses yet?

    • Monkey See Monkey Do

      well supposedly there is an underground club downtown…

    • Monkey See Monkey Do

      well supposedly there is an underground club downtown…

  • Nunzio X

    I for one welcome our chimp overlords.

    Though I must say their introduction into our political system of one of their own, disguised as us (George W. Bush), failed miserably.

  • Nunzio X

    I for one welcome our chimp overlords.

    Though I must say their introduction into our political system of one of their own, disguised as us (George W. Bush), failed miserably.

    • Cheftommyboy

      Remember the movie Planet of the Apes!!  Cornelius is coming !!!

    • Cheftommyboy

      Remember the movie Planet of the Apes!!  Cornelius is coming !!!

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      That guy was one chimpanzee looking fucker, wasn’t he?

      I mean, he wasn’t up to a chimp level intellectually but he sure could pass for one in the looks department.

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      That guy was one chimpanzee looking fucker, wasn’t he?

      I mean, he wasn’t up to a chimp level intellectually but he sure could pass for one in the looks department.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5OQFBZ26C3VQ5ONGZGDBDY4BUU Mark A

    Send in Schwarzenegger and Rambo. Those chimps won’t stand a chance once we call in the A-team.

  • justagirl

    violent chimps should be put in sacks and beaten with two by fours .. after getting their faces torn off.

  • justagirl

    violent chimps should be put in sacks and beaten with two by fours .. after getting their faces torn off.

    • bobbiethejean

      I hope the irony there was intentional.

    • bobbiethejean

      I hope the irony there was intentional.

      • justagirl

        but admitting it takes all the fun out damyou.  :(
          

        • bobbiethejean

          I had to check because I’ve seen people say things like this and mean it, seriously. XD

        • bobbiethejean

          I had to check because I’ve seen people say things like this and mean it, seriously. XD

          • Matt Staggs

            Well, good luck to anyone who wants to try to put a chimp in a sack, violent or otherwise. 

          • Matt Staggs

            Well, good luck to anyone who wants to try to put a chimp in a sack, violent or otherwise. 

          • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

            Didn’t Michael Jackson have a chimp in the sack?

          • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

            Didn’t Michael Jackson have a chimp in the sack?

          • Oz – El Oso Salvaje

             I heard he WAS a chimp in the sack…

          • Oz – El Oso Salvaje

             I heard he WAS a chimp in the sack…

          • http://skadhitheravernerblog.wordpress.com/ Skadhi_the_Raverner

            No, just boys…

  • Andr

    Does this portend a future war between apes and humanity? 

    Humans are apes.

  • Andr

    Does this portend a future war between apes and humanity? 

    Humans are apes.

  • 1plakat

    All people need to do is place a flag down while encroaching on the chimps territory, you can conquer anything with flag. For extra effectiveness call the newly conquered territory “the banana republic”. 

  • 1plakat

    All people need to do is place a flag down while encroaching on the chimps territory, you can conquer anything with flag. For extra effectiveness call the newly conquered territory “the banana republic”. 

  • Calypso_1

    I’ll bet AFRICOM and the CIA are behind this shit.

  • Calypso_1

    I’ll bet AFRICOM and the CIA are behind this shit.

    • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

      just because the CIA are Alpha Chimps
      doesn’t necessarily mean they’re behind it
      it could be the baboons at the FBI
      they’re good at organizing terrorist attacks

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Janet “Butch” Napolitano & the DHS just got a chubby upon hearing chimps are now terrorists

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Janet “Butch” Napolitano & the DHS just got a chubby upon hearing chimps are now terrorists

  • BrainofJFK

    In this world gone mad, we won’t spank the monkey- the monkey will spank us!

  • BrainofJFK

    In this world gone mad, we won’t spank the monkey- the monkey will spank us!

  • http://skadhitheravernerblog.wordpress.com/ Skadhi_the_Raverner

    Sounds like Princess Mononoke. Do these apes want to eat human flesh to defeat the humans?

  • http://skadhitheravernerblog.wordpress.com/ Skadhi_the_Raverner

    Sounds like Princess Mononoke. Do these apes want to eat human flesh to defeat the humans?

    • Calypso_1

      The Spooks have a load of Bath Salts on the way to the Congo as we speak.

    • Calypso_1

      The Spooks have a load of Bath Salts on the way to the Congo as we speak.

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