POSTED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 11:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 11:48am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A group of Los Angeles Zoo visitors witnessed a horrible sight yesterday: a baby chimpanzee being attacked and killed by an adult male chimp.
The unnamed female baby chimp, born in March, was being gradually introduced to the chimp troop. Officials say there was no indication of any aggressive behavior toward the baby chimp.
A group of zoo visitors witnessed the attack. Officials were quick to help them process what they saw.
Zoo officials allowed the baby chimp's mom to keep her body overnight, giving her time to grieve.
Attacks by males on small offspring of other chimpanzees often occur in the wild.