There are some interesting reports of Sasquatch killing and eating each other. The reality of nature and the wild is quite terrifying.
If Sir David Attenborough documentaries have taught us anything it’s that animals can be ruthless. And although sometimes it can be tough to watch, it’s enthralling, so we can’t take our eyes off it. It’s probably down to his soft voice.
A video which is currently proving popular is of a group of chimpanzees in Africa ‘torturing’ and eating one of their own. Be warned, Sir Dave’s voice won’t be here to save you from the gruesome nature.
Apparently there are only nine cases of chimps savaging their own, but the killing of those from other tribes is fairly common.
A West African chimpanzee named Foudouko, who was once the leader of this specific tribe, returned and was expecting to make a comeback.
The chimp was kicked out of the group years ago and had to live alone for years. New Scientist reported that he was initially accepted back into the group, but his efforts to become the alpha male again were thwarted when other chimps didn’t like it.
“[There were] attacks by multiple chimpanzees on his dead body, most frequently by a young adult male and an older female,” authors wrote in a paper published to the International Journal of Primatology.
Lead author of the study Professor Jill Pruetz, who is also the director of the Fongoli Savanna Chimpanzee Project, said that the mauling largely came from the mother of the two brothers who are now the alpha and beta males of the group.
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Credit: Professor Jill Pruetz/Fongoli Savanna Chimpanzee Project
“The female that cannibalized the body the most, she’s the mother of the top two high-ranking males. Her sons were the only ones that really didn’t attack the body aggressively,” said Professor Pruetz. “It was striking.”
According to RT, the researchers were woken by the loud screams of the chimps, before stumbling upon the mutilated body of the cannibalised Foudouko.
Apparently he was found with a large gash on his back, cracked ribs, a ripped anus, and was bleeding heavily from a bite on his right foot.
Cannibalism is not so rare among primates and other animal groups, but is fairly rare when it comes to humans.
Cases are fairly scarce, but those that do exist are terrifying and there’s yet to be a definitive understanding of why people revert to cannibalism.