Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Chimp attack man 'communicating'

Andrew Oberle was mauled by chimpanzees at an animal refuge in South Africa in June

An American student who was seriously injured when he was attacked by chimpanzees at a refuge in South Africa in June is awake and communicating at the hospital where he is being treated, medics have said.

Saint Louis University chief of plastic surgery Dr Bruce Kraemer said Andrew Oberle Jr has had three operations since arriving at the hospital less than two weeks ago.

Dr Kraemer said Mr Oberle had injuries all over his body but is showing a strong spirit and could soon be moved to a rehabilitation facility.

The 26-year-old was mauled by chimpanzees on June 28 while giving a tour at the Jane Goodall Institute's Chimpanzee Eden in South Africa.

He was there as a graduate student studying anthropology at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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