Is Alofu the new Alpha?

04 October 2011

Just hours after Pimu’s murder Kiri and I accompanied the Japanese researchers to the site 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, were 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 the back of Alofu’s leg.

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