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 National.
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.
Â âSexual relationships between human and chimpanzees are fairly common in the region but this is the first time a pregnancy is officially reported,â said Dr.Antonio Mendes of the Hospital Municipal do Luena.
Angola PresidentÂ JoĂŁo LourenĂ§o has already nicknamed the boy the âAngolan Miracle Childâ as well as praising the young man as a âNational treasureâ, âa sign from Godâ and a âtestament to the majesty and greatness of the Republic of Angola.â
âThis discovery could even challenge the basic foundations of modern science,â has even commented the current Minister of Science and Technology, Maria Candida Teixeira.
A spokesperson from the Parc national de Cameia commented the news by saying that they sincerely regret the loss of Anita Dembo but also condoned âany inappropriate or sexual acts with any animals in the park.â
âAny sexual interaction between employees or visitors of the park with animals is not encouraged behavior under current park guidelines,â a spokesman for Parc national de Cameia told reporters.
The childâs mother, Anita Dembo, allegedly entertained an affair with a chimpanzee that endured for many years during her employment at theÂ Parc national de Cameia where she has worked as a conservation officer since 1998.