ST LOUIS (LALATE) – Andrew Oberle of the University of Texas at San Antonio has been attacked by two chimpanzees. Andrew Oberle was mauled in South Africa yesterday and remains in critical condition today. Officials tell news that Andrew has lost his ear, some fingers, and some toes, and is currently fighting for his life.
Andrew Oberle was in South Africa as a graduate student. Andrew was visiting the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden when the attack erupted Thursday.
Officials tell news that Andrew was attacked by two chimpanzees. They proceeded to maul him and then drag him roughly a half mile until stopped by officials. During the attack, Oberle lost multiple fingers and toes and one ear.
“When we found him, he was in a fetal position underneath a lapa (a roofed, open-walled structure) with massive injuries, lacerations, abrasions, partial amputation from his head to toe,” Lloyd Krause, ER24 emergency service spokesman told the Herald Sun in a news statement today.
In addition to the above injuries, officials confirm that Andrew’s skin was ripped off on one arm and off of one leg. He additional suffered numerous fractures. David Oosthuizen, executive director, said in a news statement Friday that “This is a terrible tragedy that should never happen. All our thoughts and prayers are with this young man and his family.”