Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Is Alofu the new Alpha?

Just hours after Pimu’s murder Kiri and I accompanied the Japanese researchers to the sight of the Pimu’s demise to bring the body back for research.
Only 10 minutes walk from the sight we encountered several chimpanzees grooming on the path. Two ringleaders of the assault, Alofu and Kalunde, where there and looked completely relaxed. It now seems that Alofu has regained his Alpha male status nearly 4 years after he lost it to Pimu.
 I felt nervous when Alofu walked past me on the path, knowing how blood thirsty he was only hours before.
 The only evidence of the fight was a cut to back of Alofu’s leg.

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