[monkeywire] Chimp tosses orange; hits child in head
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Wed Dec 23 08:12:08 EST 2009
Chimp tosses orange; hits child in head
Updated: Tuesday, 22 Dec 2009, 6:00 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 22 Dec 2009, 2:47 PM EST
TAMPA - The primates at Lowry Park Zoo enjoyed a special Christmas treat
today, but the gifts apparently did not go over well with one of them.
Seconds after a zoo attendant dumped oranges into the Primate World habitat,
a chimpanzee grabbed one of the oranges and tossed it into the crowd of
onlookers, striking a young girl in the head.
Zoo employees in the crowd rushed to help the girl and called for an ice
pack, though the young victim seemed to be more stunned than injured. A zoo
spokeswoman later confirmed that the girl was not hurt and even stayed at
the zoo after the incident.
'Alex' the chimp, meanwhile, was described as a "feisty teenager" who got
especially excited after another chimp snatched his present.
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