The most heartbreaking thing David Attenborough has ever seen

Chimpanzees are omnivores and not just in the sense of eating grubs or enjoying a little meat when they can scavenge it. They kill. In fact, some troops will go hunting without any visible prey nearby — which is a pretty interesting bit of thinking and planning, in and of itself. Disturbingly, what they hunt is other primates. In this video, a group of male chimps hunt and kill some colobus monkeys, a scene that narrator Sir David Attenborough described as "most distressing/upsetting moment" in his career during a recent Reddit AMA.

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  1. chgoliz

    You can hear it in his voice when he's describing the babies being separated from their mothers and thus easy targets, moments before one is in fact snared by two hulking chimps working together. sob

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