UTSA student attacked by chimps 'is better than when he came in,' hospital says

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA -- The condition of a UTSA graduate student continues to improve after he was nearly mauled to death by two chimpanzezees in South Africa.

Andrew Oberle remains in an intensive care unit, but he is no longer listed in critical condition.

Oberle was attacked by two chimpanzees at the Jane Goodall institute Chimpanzee Eden on June 28.

He was working as a guide and was with a group of tourists at an enclosure holding adult male chimpanzees when he was attacked by two of the larger animals.

According to the sanctuary, Oblerle was standing too close to the fence when the chimpanzees pulled him in. Sanctuary staff were able to rescue him.

Doctors said they are optimistic about Oberle's recovery despite his severe injuries.

He is a lot better than when he came in, and he would have to be in a stable condition to go to theater, so we are very positive at this stage, said Robin Baard, a spokeswoman for Mediclinic Nelspruit.

The sanctuary is temporarily closed. It's being investigated to make sure that attacks like this do not happen again.


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