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Baby chimp killed: Zoo has no immediate plans to change policy

A day after a male chimpanzee killed a baby chimpanzee in front of a group of L.A. Zoo visitors, a zoo official said members of the “Great Ape Team” are continuing to investigate the fatality.

An unnamed female chimpanzee was killed in a habitat with other chimps Tuesday, the zoo said in a statement. The baby chimp was born in early March and had spent about three months with the rest of the group, Zoo spokesman Jason Jacobs said. He said that there was no immediate plan to change zoo policies regarding how and when to integrate baby chimps with the rest of the population.

Jacobs said the chimps live in large “fission-fusion” social groups that periodically separate into smaller units and then reconvene.  

“Chimpanzees exhibit a wide variety of behaviors,” Jacobs said. “Some of these behaviors … are aggression and violence. And similar incidents have been scientifically documented among wild chimpanzees.

“Fighting is a normal part of chimpanzee life.”

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-- Matt Stevens

Twitter.com/mattstevenslat

Zoo spokesman Jason Jacobs
 
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