The first ever known wild albino chimpanzee has been seen in Uganda, but was brutally killed by others chimpanzees just days after the sighting.
Mail Online reported that scientists at the University of Zurich in Switzerland walked into a horrific scene on 19 July, 2018, when they heard the cries of the mother and her 19-day-old infant that was being chased by others in the pack.
Just after 7:30 am, the scientists saw a male chimpanzee walk out of a nearby bush while holding just an arm of the baby albino, according to the findings, which have just been published.
A number of other chimpanzee came running, which began biting the legs, fingers and ears of the screaming infant that was eventually taken by an adult female who then killed the baby albino chimpanzee.
The scientists recovered the body 3 hours after the infant’s death, allowing them to assess injuries made by its Chimpanzee pack.
‘Substantial injuries were present in several body parts including the absence of the left hand and forearm, the index and middle fingers on the right hand, and the right ear,’ Maël Leroux, lead study author, and colleagues wrote in the study published in the American Journal of Primatology.
‘In addition, several deep cuts were visible on the head and the skull was cracked on the right side.
‘The right hemisphere of the brain was damaged. The cause of death was established to be due to a head injury caused by a bite given by an adult female chimpanzee.’
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