I raised the gun as the chimpanzee inspected a bunch of bananas, close enough that I could hear him softly grunting. Taking aim, I leaned back against a tree to control my trembling. My weight made the giant banana leaves rustle overhead, and he turned to face the noise. He walked unsteadily a few feet in my direction at first, clutching a bunch of bananas to his broad chest. Then he dropped the fruit and broke into a four-limbed run straight at me.
In the mid-1990s, that chimp, named Saddam, started to attack and kill children in the villages near Uganda’s Kibale National Park. Groups of wild chimps, including those I came to study, sometimes hunted red colobus monkeys and other animals, but Saddam was the only one in the area known to prey on humans, which is why he was named for the dictator.
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