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Congo chimpanzees send ‘proof of life’ videos and demand ransom | Globalism

A gang has kidnapped three young chimpanzees from a shelter in Central Africa and is demanding a six-figure payment for their safe return, in the first recorded kidnapping and ransom case involving a monkey.

Proof of life videos have been sent to a sanctuary in southern Democratic Republic of Congo with the threat that the chimpanzee’s head will follow if demands are not met. One clip showed Monga, a five-year-old woman, her arms bound up high in a brick-free room as Hussain and the younger Cesar rush to hide from captives.

“You can see how terrifying they are,” said Frank Chantero, founder of the Jack Primate Rehabilitation Center in Lubumbashi, where chimpanzees were captured at night about two weeks ago. threats to her

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