Birutė Galdikas

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Birutė Marija Filomena Galdikas, OC (born 10 May 1946), is a Lithuanian-Canadian anthropologist, primatologist, conservationist, ethologist, and author. She is a Professor at Simon Fraser University. In the field of primatology, Galdikas is recognized as a leading authority on orangutans.

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  • I had never seen Gundul threaten or assault a woman, although he frequently charged male assistants.
    The cook was screaming hysterically.
    I thought, 'He's trying to kill her.'
    I began to realize that Gundul did not intend to harm the cook, but had something else in mind.
    The cook stopped struggling. 'It's all right,' she murmured.
    She lay back in my arms, with Gundul on top of her.
    Gundul was very calm and deliberate.
    He raped the cook.
    As he moved rhythmically back and forth, his eyes rolled upward to the heavens.
    I was in shock.
    Gundul let the cook go, stood up, and soundlessly, moved off the feeding platform into the trees.
    It was over just like that.
    • 1995 in Reflections of Eden: My Years with the Orangutans of Borneo as quoted in 1997 in page 137 of Richard W. Wrangham's "Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence" and in 2011 in page 71 of Douglas A. Vakoch's "Ecofeminism and Rhetoric: Critical Perspectives on Sex, Technology, and Discourse"
  • ... visitor to take
    the dugout back to Camp Leakey for help. My repeated blows
    had no effect on Gundul; but neither did he fight back very
    aggressively. I began to realize that Gundul did not intend
    to harm the cook, but had something else in mind. The cook
    stopped struggling. "It's all right," she murmured. She lay
    back in my arms, with Gundul on top of her. Gundul was
    very calm and deliberate. He raped the cook. As he moved
    rhythmically back and forth, his eyes rolled upward to the
    heavens. I was in shock. I felt as though this were happening
    to other people somewhere else, and I was watching
    from a distance. I have no idea how much time passed.
    • alternate version quoted in April 1999 on page 97 of Michael P. Ghiglieri 's "The Dark Side Of Man: Tracing The Origins Of Violence"

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