Exotic animal attacks are usually highly sensationalized and are immediately reported when they occur. There are a number of factors to consider while assessing how dangerous an exotic pet actually is. The matter of public safety as well as the safety threat posed toward the owner of the animal need to be taken into consideration. In general, animals pose the biggest threat to their owners, whereas cases where animals escape and attack public are currently rare with many species.
Chimpanzees, which possess incredible strength, have by no means caused the most fatalities on this list. In fact, there hasn’t been a fatality from a captive chimpanzee in recent times. Chimps, like elephants, have more complex cognition and it can be difficult or impossible to know what’s going on in their minds and how they’ll react to novel situations. Like monkeys, they have natural hierarchies and their behaviour may change unexpectedly, especially if they escape and encounter people they don’t know who aren’t familiar with their behaviour. This danger is especially true of animals that have reached sexual maturity around the age of 7. Thus, chimps are the best qualifiers in the exotic pet world as a public safety threat.
They tend to attack by biting off body parts, noses, fingers, etc. and often enjoy ‘playing’ with people while not allowing them to leave. So, even if the victims have survived, the damage was extensive. Many zoos find housing chimps to be a complicated endeavour. The mindful animals may often figure out how to escape their enclosures, possessing the hands to be able to undo locks and turn knobs. Some chimp escapes have involved the animals opening doors to access terrified people.