Friday, 06. March 2015
03. 06. 14. - 16:00
A hungry orangutan bit off the arm of a baby orangutan after it reached into his enclosure at Dortmund Zoo in Germany.
Walter, the orangutan famous in Germany for predicting football scores, bit off the arm of one-year-old Yenko leaving the animal in agony and bleeding heavily as it ran back to its mum.
Yenko, who had been in Dortmund for only a few weeks, survived only after an emergency operation, but a reattachment of the arm was not possible.
The two had been separated in the enclosure by a wire mesh fence, but the tragedy happened when the youngster put his arm through the mesh and Walter pounced and bit it off.
Yenko is now back in the enclosure with his mother after his severed arm was treated.
Zoo bosses believe the motive for the attack was jealousy and the attention the baby was receiving from his adoptive mother Toba in the enclosure.
Walter has earned a reputation for successfully predicting football results, making his selections by drawing merchandise bearing the clubs logo from identical footballs.
He excited German football fans in May when he predicted that Borussia Dortmund would win the cup final in the country against Bayern Munich by picking out the Dortmund shirt and putting it on his head.
It turned out on that occasion however that Walter got it wrong as Bayern thrashed Dortmund 2-0.
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