Chimp attack teen on the mend

Last updated 14:58 02/07/2012

An American graduate student has lost several fingers and is in hospital after chimpanzees at a South African preserve attacked him near their enclosure.

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Doctors are reporting improvement in the condition of an American graduate student attacked by chimps he was studying in South Africa.

In a statement, Mediclinic Nelspruit said Andrew F Oberle, who had been in critical condition since last week's attack, was stable enough for doctors to bring him into the operating room to clean and stitch his multiple bites and attend to fractures and other injuries.

Oberle remains in intensive care, but is no longer in critical condition.

Two chimpanzees at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden in eastern South Africa pulled Oberle under a fence into their enclosure.

Oberle, 26, is studying anthropology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was on his second study visit to the sanctuary for abused and orphaned chimpanzees.

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