Und ein Zoodirektor, der ins Krankenhaus musste, weil Pedro lieber seinen Finger wollte als die dargebotene Walnuss...
Der Schimpanse Pedro gehört übrigens zu einer Gruppe älterer Affen, die 2003 wegen Platzmangels nach China geliefert werden sollte. Dies passierte aber doch nicht, auch infolge der Proteste von Tierschützern. Nachdem Eisbär Knut dem Zoo Gewinne von gut sechs Millionen Euro einbrachte, konnte die Schimpansenanlage umgebaut werden, mit größerem Käfig, Naturboden und Wasserlauf. Aus Platzgründen gibt es keinen Graben, sondern ein feinmaschiges Sichtgitter.... (Ganze Story hier und hier...und in KWM)Who would have thought that Pedro had a liking for director fingers...?
A chimpanzee called Pedro bit off the forefinger of Berlin Zoo director Bernhard Blaszkiewitz on Monday as he was trying to feed him through the bars of his cage.
A spokeswoman for the zoo said Blaszkiewitz, 55, had been leading a group round the zoo and wanted to hand Pedro a snack through the bars when the chimp grabbed his arm and bit off almost all of his forefinger. "It was just hanging by a shred of skin," local daily "B.Z." quoted an eyewitness as saying.
Blaszkiewitz was rushed to hospital where doctors tried to sew his finger back on. Zookeepers said their boss hadn't stuck to the safety rules that he kept on reminding them about -- maintaining distance to the animals. Chimpanzees are known to be potentially dangerous.
Blaszkiewitz kept calm despite his wound. "He wasn't any more upset than if someone had trodden on his foot," the spokeswoman said.
The zoo couldn't immediately be reached on Monday evening to ascertain whether the operation was successful and whether Pedro has had his banana rations cut.
Blaszkiewitz presided over the hand-rearing of polar bear cub Knut in 2007. The bear became an international media celebrity and brought the zoo a surge in visitor numbers and profits.
Source: Spiegel online