The strange case of alleged Negro/chimp hybrid Augusto Dembo: The Angolan President João Lourenço accepts the hybrid explanation and calls Dembo a “national treasure,” “a sign from God,” and a “testament to the majesty and greatness of the Republic of Angola.”
IN January of this year, reports went viral about a Black woman from Angola claiming on her deathbed that she had had a long term sexual relationship with a wild chimpanzee and that her 12-year-old son, Augusto Dembo, was a hybrid resulting from that relationship. However, photographs cannot prove hybrid ancestry, and it seems Augusto has not been examined via genetic testing. He now lives with his uncle and aunt in the capital city of Luanda.
Regardless of whatever the facts about Dembo may be, the story has brought to light the prevalence of Negro/ape sexual encounters in Africa, which evidently continue to be fairly common today.
In the reports Dr. António Mendes of the Hospital Municipal do Moxico, in the city of Luena there in Angola, is quoted as saying that “Sexual relationships between humans and chimpanzees are fairly common in the region but this is the first time a pregnancy is officially reported.”
An African paper, the Nigerian Guardian, reported in 2019:
The genetic makeup of a 12-year-old Angolan boy is now disputed by experts after his deceased mother allegedly told him he is the offspring of a human-chimpanzee love affair, reports the Gazeta Nacional.
The story made national headlines and has unleashed an outpour of generosity towards Augusto Dembo, 12, who now lives with his uncle and aunt in the capital city of Luanda.
Although the young boy has become an instant celebrity, many experts dispute the claim that he is the product of the sexual intercourse between a human and a chimpanzee.
“Sexual relationships between humans and chimpanzees are fairly common in the region but this is the first time a pregnancy is officially reported, ”Dr. António Mendes of the Hospital Municipal do Luena said.
Angola President João Lourenço has already nicknamed the boy the “Angolan Miracle Child” as well as praising the young man as a “National treasure”, “a sign from God” and a “testament to the majesty and greatness of the Republic of Angola.”
This discovery could even challenge the basic foundations of modern science,” has even commented on the current Minister of Science and Technology, Maria Cândida Teixeira.
A spokesperson from the Parc national de Cameia commented on the news by saying that they sincerely regret the loss of Anita Dembo but also condemned “any inappropriate or sexual acts with any animals in the park.”
“Any sexual interaction between employees or visitors of the park with animals is not encouraged behavior under current park guidelines,” a spokesman for Parc national de Cameia told reporters.
Can humans and chimpanzees mate and have babies? Is cross-breeding humans with animals possible? Will we see hybrid chimp-human babies in the future? …As for the child’s mother, Anita Dembo, allegedly entertained an affair with a chimpanzee that endured for many years during her employment at the Parc national de Cameia where she has worked as a conservation officer since 1998.
Reports about Angolan women hybridizing with apes have been appearing for more than three centuries.
Antonio Zucchelli (1663-1716), the Italian Franciscan capuchin friar, was a missionary in Africa from 1698 to 1702. In his account of his travels in Brazil and Africa, he tells of women being impregnated by monkeys or, possibly, apes (the term used in the Italian original was “Macachi grandi,” which cannot here refer to a macaque, as macaques do not occur in sub-Saharan Africa). So the term is here translated as “big monkeys,” where “monkeys” is meant in its broad sense as including apes. The only primates that in this broad sense would qualify as big monkeys, and that are native to northern Angola (the location of Luanda), would be yellow baboons (Papio cynocephalus), chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and gorillas (Gorilla gorilla). The passage in question is here translated from a German edition of his book (Zucchelli 1715, pp. 147-148). It reads:
All the monkeys or apes found here differ from those in Brazil. Here they are of all sizes, small, medium and large. And because they are all extremely lustful, it indeed very often happens that the blacks have sex with these big monkeys or apes, are impregnated by them, and ultimately bring forth monsters. A few years ago, the same occurred here in the city of Luanda. Two black women impregnated in this way, when their time came, gave birth to monkeys. One of these fell to the lot of the Governor, which he plans to take back to Lisbon on his return to Portugal. The other was given to our brotherhood here in Luanda, which also lived for several years at the hospital before he died. Those who saw him tell me he truly had features more like those of a human being than a monkey. [translated by E. M. McCarthy]
Indeed, many of the indigenes of the regions where chimpanzees reside seem to have viewed chimpanzees and gorillas as being within the range of human variation. Thus, Cassell’s Natural History (vol. I, p. 9) states that:
The missionaries, when they were established in the Gaboon region, found that all along the coast the Gorillas were believed by the natives to be human beings, members of their own race degenerated. Some natives who had been a little civilised, and who thought a little more than the rest did not acknowledge this relationship but considered them as embodied spirits, the belief in the transmigration of souls being prevalent. They said that the enche-eko, or Chimpanzee, has the spirit of a coastman, being less fierce and more intelligent than the enge-ena or Gorilla, which has that of a bushman. The majority, however, fully believed them to be men, and seemed to be unaffected by the arguments offered to disprove this fancy; and this was especially true of the tribes in the immediate vicinity of the locality. They believed them to be literally wild men of the woods.
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Source: Nigerian Guardian; macroevolution.net; National Vanguardcorrespondents