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Rampaging chimp was given Xanax for anxiety
Shortly before the attack, the animal was given the anti-anxiety drug Xanax because it had been agitated, the police said.
In three separate instances, the primates were observed successfully hunting and eating other primates' infants, after they've had enough fruits to eat...
...But scientists supervising some populations in the LuiKotale region of the Salonga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, witnessed with amazement as packs of bonobos hunted down, killed, and then ate mangabey offspring three times, before daring to report this discovery to the international community.
previously thought gentle females are equally aggressive, but it's a common practice to kill and eat the babies of other females...
...Jane Goodall was the first to observe this infamous female behavior in 1976 in a cannibalistic mother-daughter duo, the chimpanzees being named Passion and Pom...
...A team led by comparative psychologist Simon Townsend at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland witnessed a cruel infanticide: a bleeding mother with a one-week-old baby was chased by six females, five of which with clinging offspring themselves.
In 10 minutes, after a noisy struggle, the infant was taken and killed with a bite.
In 1998, researchers in Uganda saw a group of male chimpanzees beating on and swaggering around another male chimp’s freshly killed body. Its windpipe, fingernails and testicles were torn out.
The finding added to a growing number of documented incidents of chimpanzees ganging up on, hunting down and killing each other—activities in which some researchers find eerie parallels to human war.
Several chimps broke free and went on the rampage causing serious injuries to St. James Davis and his wife who were visiting the center to celebrate the birthday of one of the chimps they had donated.
Officials told reporters that Davis suffered serious injuries as the monkeys chewed most of his face off and that he would have to undergo surgery to have his nose attached. His wife suffered a bite to the hand.
The chimps chewed off St. James Davis' nose and severely mauled his genitals and limbs Thursday before the son-in-law of the sanctuary's owner shot the animals to death, authorities said.
Today, we know that chimpanzees everywhere eat mainly fruit, but are also predators in their forest ecosystems. In some sites the quantity of meat eaten by a chimpanzee community may approach one ton annually...
...After three decades of research on the hunting behavior of chimpanzees at Gombe, we already know a great deal about their predatory patterns. We know that although chimpanzees have been recorded to eat more than 35 types of vertebrate animals (Uehara 1997), the most important vertebrate prey species in their diet is the red colobus monkey...
...Jane Goodall has noted that the Gombe chimpanzees tend to go on "hunting crazes," during which they would hunt almost daily and kill large numbers of monkeys and other prey (Goodall 1986). The explanation for such binges has always been unclear...
Originally posted by sos37
As for your philosophical question, what separates animals and humans is self-awareness. Animals can replicate human behavior in any number of ways, but the question is, are they self-aware?
There is one question that every human being asks at some point in their life: Why am I here?
Humans are not the only creatures who are self-aware. Thus far, there is evidence that bottlenose dolphins, some apes,  and elephants have the capacity to be self aware. Recent studies from the Goethe University Frankfurt show that Magpies may also possess self-awareness.  Common speculation suggests that some other animals are self-aware.
Originally posted by weedwhacker
Because, it gave me an insight. Is the capacity to decide to sacrifice oneself, for another, a sign of self-awareness....or is it instinct?
SANTIAGO, Chile - Chilean officials say they have lost hope of finding a dog whose attempted rescue of an injured animal inspired worldwide admiration.