This is the moment a gang of chimpanzees ruthlessly dethrone their alpha male – by viciously attacking him and leaving him bloodied on the ground.

The rebellious group circle their leader, wrestle him to the ground and stab him with nearby branches. 

Other pieces of video footage show the five mutinous chimps punching the alpha in the back as he tried to hide itself against a rock.

Chimpanzees show aggression towards the alpha male of their troop because if successful in overruling them, they will be rewarded with mates, food and the opportunity to pass on their own genes. 

The primates arrange themselves into warring gangs that raid each other's territory, often leaving mutilated bodies behind.

Other studies suggest chimpanzees attack each other due because they are endangered by the human impact on their natural environment though deforestation or farming which forces them to live closer together.

The brutal struggle was captured at Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania by German wildlife photographer Konrad Wothe. 

The rebellious group of chimpanzees circle their former leader and wrestle him to the ground

The rebellious group of chimpanzees circle their former leader and wrestle him to the ground

The rebellious group of chimpanzees circle their former leader and wrestle him to the ground

The former alpha is left bleeding and screaming on the ground, while the victorious gang celebrate

The former alpha is left bleeding and screaming on the ground, while the victorious gang celebrate

The former alpha is left bleeding and screaming on the ground, while the victorious gang celebrate

Konrad said: 'My main focus is to document animals in their natural habitat, exhibiting their particular character and typical behaviour.

'I love nature, travelling and the creativity required to work behind a camera.

'For over twenty years now I have been working as a freelance nature photographer and filmmaker all over the world.

'I have photographed animals, plants, landscapes and more at many of the most beautiful sites between the Arctic and the Antarctic.'

Chimpanzees arrange themselves into warring gangs that raid each other's territory

Chimpanzees arrange themselves into warring gangs that raid each other's territory

Chimpanzees arrange themselves into warring gangs that raid each other's territory

Some studies suggest chimpanzees attack each other due because they are endangered by the human impact on their natural environment

Some studies suggest chimpanzees attack each other due because they are endangered by the human impact on their natural environment

Some studies suggest chimpanzees attack each other due because they are endangered by the human impact on their natural environment

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