Albino chimp baby murdered by its elders days after rare sighting


Researchers in Uganda made a rare sighting of an albino chimp in the wild, but only days before the young ape died at the hands of older chimps in its community.

The scientists described the grisly encounter in a recent study, published July 16 in the American Journal of Primatology, and noted that only a handful of nonhuman primates with albinism have been spotted in the wild in the past. These included a few toque macaques (Macaca sinica), bonnet macaques (Macaca radiata) and spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi), and among the great apes, an albino western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) was once captured in the wild as an infant and then kept in captivity until its death in adulthood.

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