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March 8 2013

Gang of chimpanzees kills their alpha male


ET TU, chimp? The leader of a wild chimpanzee troupe was recently attacked by four of his underlings, who banded together to beat him to death. It's unusual for chimps to kill their alpha male and this event gives rare insight into group structure in our closest relatives.

From 2007, Pimu was the alpha male of a chimp group living near Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania. His rule came to a violent end in October 2011 and the moment was captured on video.

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