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Chimp attack victim, Andrew Oberle, to return to St. Louis

9:48 AM, Aug 2, 2012   |    comments
Andrew Oberle. (Courtesy: oberlewebgisproject.zxq.net)
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St. Louis (KSDK) --chimp attack victim from St. Louis will return to town for additional treatment.

Andrew Oberle, 26, will be transfered to Saint Louis University Hospital in the next week where he will undergo facial surgery and therapy.

Oberle was giving a tour in June at the Jane Goodall Institute's Chimp Eden in South Africa. He reportedly split from the group, crossing over one of two fences separating the public from the chimpanzees.

Two male chimps attacked him, grabbed his feet and pulled him under a second fence.

The animals dragged him for at least half a mile. He is said to have suffered multiple and severe bite wounds.

After the attack, paramedics under the supervision of armed guards entered the enclosure to tend to Oberle.

The sanctuary, featured on Animal Planet with host Eugene Cussons, houses chimps rescued from abusive living conditions.

Oberle is in the graduate program at the University of Texas-San Antonio, studying anthropology and primatology. He's been at the Goodall Institute since May.

KSDK

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