A Dark Reflection In The Mirror
An adult male chimpanzee has been captured on video cannibalizing an infant chimpanzee. The article from Newsweek claims “This behavior has never before been documented by scientists”, but that’s bullshit. I recall watching some nature special on TV years ago, in which a large male chimp grabbed a baby chimp off the back of its mother, ran off with it while she gave chase, screeching at the top of her lungs. The male climbed a tree with the baby, holding it by its back legs and swinging it around, before killing it with a bite. Then the male and the other chimps in the pack tore the baby apart and ate it. I think the mother chimp even took part in the feast. So no, this documented attack isn’t the first time chimpanzees have been observed behaving in such a manner. Furthermore, it isn’t certain that the adult chimpanzee in the video killed the newborn or if the baby was born dead. But in the video I watched all those years ago, the big chimp definitely killed the baby before it started to eat it.
Chimpanzees are our closest genetic relatives. They share 99% of our DNA. If you want to know what primitive proto-humans were like back when they, when WE, were pack animals, look at chimps. Infanticide. Murder. Cannibalism. That’s us, folks. That’s what we came from. And we haven’t altogether evolved past it. “…such behavior is extremely rare among these animals,” the article says. It’s extremely rare, statistically speaking, among humans, too. But it still happens.