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:

Oberle’s parents flew to South Africa today to see their son in the hospital.
Andrew Oberle is in critical condition.

KSDK reported:


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.”

Oberle suffered several bite marks all over his body.

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