The first chimp born in the LA zoo in 13 years was mauled to death by an adult chimp while zoo visitors looked on in horror.
The body of the baby chimp, named Gracie, is being left with its mother so that she can have time to grieve.
Zoo officials did not interrupt the attack since policy does not allow them to be in the same space with animals, mostly because zoo animals are potentially dangerous.
“I felt bad for the people that saw that happen today. There were young children there that were so sad, you know, it’s just really heartbreaking,” said the zoo’s director of mammals.
“I did talk to a couple of visitors as I was coming up here, tried to help them process what they had seen,” said John Lewis, director. “We also had some other visitors to help us get a better understanding.”