A gorilla kills a small monkey in Pairi Daiza, in front of dumbfounded visitors – Belgium

In the Pairi Daiza animal park, everyone mourns the death of the monkey Fito. He was killed by a gorilla, in front of visitors. “The gorilla was surprised by his own reaction. But it was too late.”

It was a game, and he had been playing it for years. Fito is a monkey less than a meter high, but he enjoyed challenging and chasing the gorillas of more than 100 kilos, with which he lived. To provoke a reaction, he sometimes pretended to attack. Usually, it was all just a game, but not this time.

“They always ignored him. Gorillas are very gentle animals.explains to Standard the zoological director of Pairi Daiza, Tim Bouts. “This time the gorilla fought back.”

Visitors who were at the zoo last week were able to see the gorilla Nasibu (14 years old) grabbing and biting the little crested mangabey. “On the security camera we could see afterwards how he himself was shocked. He immediately released him and walked away. It only took a few seconds, but it was enough.”

Fito died of his injuries and the zoo immediately separated the gorillas and mangabeys. They had lived peacefully together for years, but the gorilla Nasibu had only shared an enclosure with the smaller species of monkeys for a few days. He had arrived from a Dutch zoo last month to start his own family in Pairi Daiza.

“When we presented them a few days before, everything went well”, says the director of Pairi Daiza. “The other gorillas have been doing well for years as well. They knew the game, so we assumed it would be fine.”

From now on, the objective of the zoo is to reconcile the two species. “In the wild, they have to look over their shoulder every day to make sure they are not attacked and, at the same time, get enough food. It’s not the same life structure in the zoo , our main task is therefore to keep them in good mental and physical health. By associating them with other specieswe enrich them considerably.”

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In Antwerp, the Zoo launched an experiment ten years ago to make cohabit lions with meerkats and mongooses. The same type of accident took place: a lioness bit a vixen mongoose to death. “Either the lioness was too smart, or the mongoose was too outspoken,” explained the Zoo at the time.

Pairi Daiza also has many enclosures where different species live together. And the zoo wants it to stay that way. “We are a bit avant-garde, also assembling animals that have never been brought together in a zoo before”, explains Tim Bouts. “We want to constantly innovate, mentally enrich the animals. In the wild, these are species that can also be found close to each other.”

It was a game, and he had been playing it for years. Fito is an ape less than a meter tall, but he enjoyed challenging and chasing the 100+ pound gorillas he lived with. To provoke a reaction, he sometimes pretended to attack. Usually it was all just a game, but not this time. “They always ignored it. Gorillas are very gentle animals,” Pairi Daiza zoological director Tim Bouts told Standaard. “This time the gorilla fought back.” Visitors who were at the zoo last week could see gorilla Nasibu (14) grab and bite the little crested mangabey. “On the security camera we could see afterwards how shocked he himself was. He immediately released it and walked away. It only took a few seconds, but it was enough “Fito died of his injuries and the zoo immediately separated the gorillas and mangabeys. They had lived peacefully together for years, but the gorilla Nasibu had only shared an enclosure with the smaller species of monkeys for a few days. He had arrived from a Dutch zoo last month to start his own family in Pairi Daiza. “When we introduced them a few days before, everything went well,” says the director of Pairi Daiza. “The other gorillas have also been doing well for years. They knew the game, so we assumed everything would be fine.” Now the zoo’s goal is to reconcile the two species. “In the wild, they have to look over their shoulder every day to make sure they are not attacked and, at the same time, get enough food. It’s not the same life structure in the zoo “, our main task is therefore to keep them in good mental and physical health. By associating them with other species, we enrich them considerably.”In Antwerp, the Zoo launched an experiment, ten years ago, to bring lions with meerkats and mongooses. The same type of accident took place: a lioness bit a vixen mongoose to death. “Either the lioness was too smart, or the mongoose was too outspoken,” explained the Zoo. Pairi Daiza also has many enclosures where different species live together. And the zoo wants it to stay that way. “We’re a bit forward-thinking, also bringing together animals that have never been brought together in a zoo before,” says Tim Bouts. “We want to constantly innovate, mentally enrich the animals. In the wild, these are species that can also be found close to each other.”

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