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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Chimpanzees at a sanctuary founded by famed primatologist Jane Goodall pulled a Texas graduate student into their fenced-off enclosure, dragging him nearly a kilometre and biting his ear and hands.

Andrew F. Oberle was giving a lecture to a group of tourists at the Chimp Eden sanctuary on Thursday when two chimpanzees grabbed his feet and pulled him under a fence into their enclosure, said Jeffrey Wicks of the Netcare 911 emergency services company.

The 26-year-old anthropology student at the University of Texas at San Antonio, suffered "multiple and severe bite wounds," Wicks said.

He was in critical condition Friday after undergoing surgery at the Mediclinic hospital in Nelspruit, 300 kilometres from Johannesburg, hospital officials said.

The sanctuary was temporarily closed after the attack, said David Oosthuizen, the institute's executive director.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 30, 2012 A23

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