At the Los Angeles Zoo an aggressive alpha male chimp stole a baby chimp from it's mother's arms!
The baby was fatally injured in the scuffle.
The zoo keepers, being the wonderful human beings they are, allowed the mother to keep her baby's body overnight, so she could grieve.
The zoo said:
"This is a heartbreaking and tragic loss for the zoo and especially for the Great Ape Team who have worked diligently to care for the infant and its mother since its birth."
What's worse is the attack happened in the middle of the afternoon, so visitors were there to witness the whole thing.
Apparently male chimps can lash out for no reason, and even kill simply to assert their authority.
The zoo keepers were unable to intervene for their own safety.
We hope that mama monkey is okay!
[Image via AP Images.]
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