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DANGER Chimp Mauls Texas Man Erin Conway-Smith / AP Photo

Chimp Mauls Texas Man

A Texas graduate student was left with serious injuries to his entire body after being mauled by two chimpanzees at a South Africa chimp sanctuary. Andrew Oberle, who had been studying at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden near Johannesburg, was apparently standing in a restricted zone when he was pulled under an electric fence and attacked by the two primates. After six hours of surgery, the 26-year-old is stable but suffered a broken arm and torn ligaments and muscles, and lost fingers, toes, and one testicle. The hospital manager overseeing Oberle’s recovery said, “He’s responding better than expected,” and friends back home are raising money for his treatment in the hope that he can return to the work he loves. “He’s not going to quit,” said one friend. “He never gives up.”

July 2, 2012 7:32 AM