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.

42 Comments on "Chimps Attacking Humans In Revenge For Habitat Destruction?"

  1. Littlemisteramerica | Oct 16, 2012 at 7:49 am |

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

  2. Littlemisteramerica | Oct 16, 2012 at 7:49 am |

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

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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 | Oct 16, 2012 at 11:28 am |

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

    • Cheftommyboy | Oct 16, 2012 at 11:28 am |

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

  8. justagirl | Oct 16, 2012 at 10:00 am |

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

  9. justagirl | Oct 16, 2012 at 10:00 am |

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

  10. Does this portend a future war between apes and humanity? 

    Humans are apes.

  11. Does this portend a future war between apes and humanity? 

    Humans are apes.

  12. 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”. 

  13. 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”. 

  14. Calypso_1 | Oct 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm |

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

  15. Calypso_1 | Oct 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm |

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

    • 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

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

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

  18. BrainofJFK | Oct 17, 2012 at 3:30 am |

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

  19. BrainofJFK | Oct 17, 2012 at 3:30 am |

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

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

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

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