Image: Pedro in his enclosure in Berlin, Germany
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Doctors are trying to save the finger of the zoo director Bernhard Blaszkiewitz, after Pedro (pictured here) bit it off a day earlier.
updated 6/9/2009 1:19:17 PM ET 2009-06-09T17:19:17

Doctors say the Berlin Zoo's director will likely lose the finger a chimpanzee nearly bit off as he tried to feed it.

Director Bernhard Blaszkiewitz was feeding walnuts to a male chimpanzee named Pedro on Monday when it bit his right index finger almost completely off.

Doctors say Blaszkiewitz underwent an eight-hour operation to reattach it, but it became infected. Surgeon Andreas Eisenschenk said Tuesday that Blaszkiewitz is likely to lose the finger.

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