St. Louis Parents of Chimp Attack Victim Head to South Africa
St. Louis graduate student Andrew Oberle was attacked by two chimps in South Africa while giving a lecture.
The chimps attacked and dragged Oberle for a kilometer before officials were able to rescue the American graduate student.
Andrew Oberle. (Courtesy: oberlewebgisproject.zxq.net)
Oberle’s parents flew to South Africa today to see their son in the hospital.
Andrew Oberle is in critical condition.
The uncle of an American graduate student mauled by chimpanzees at a South African sanctuary says the man’s parents are flying from the U.S. to visit their critically injured son.
Carl Oberle of suburban St. Louis said his 26-year-old nephew, Andrew F. Oberle, remained hospitalized Saturday.
Officials say the University of Texas at San Antonio anthropology graduate student was badly injured Thursday when two chimpanzees pulled him under a fence while he was giving a lecture at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden.
Carl Oberle described chimps as his nephew’s “passion” and says he knew each animal by its “name and face.”