The last two years have coarsened me. I read this story of the demise of a chimpanzee leader, and realized I’ve changed.
Chimps have been spotted killing and then eating their former tyrannical leader.
Jill Pruetz, an professor of anthropology, said that she found it “very difficult and quite gruesome to watch” the group of chimpanzees kill a member of their own community and then abuse the animal’s dead body.
Professor Pruetz has described how she saw a group of the animals discover the body of a chimp called Foudouko, a former leader of the Fongoli community who had since been exiled for five years and who was probably killed by members of the group. After they came across the dead body, they abused and ate it for nearly four hours, the Iowa State University anthropologist described.
Once I would have been horrified and thought this was a terrible, awful act.
Now I’m thinking, well, maybe this was a reasonable response. Perhaps this is simply a normal group of young chimps reacting appropriately. Maybe this is how state funerals ought to be conducted in the future.
Both sides. Both sides on this issue would have good people.
(Warning: there is video at the link.)