ST. LOUIS (AP) — A graduate student from St. Louis who was severely injured when attacked by chimps at a refuge in South Africa in June is nawake and communicating at the St. Louis hospital where he is being treated.

Saint Louis University chief of plastic surgery Dr. Bruce Kraemer said Thursday that Andrew Oberle Jr. has had three surgeries since arriving at the hospital less than two weeks ago.

Kraemer says Oberle had injuries all over his body but is showing a strong spirit and could soon be moved to a rehab facility.

Oberle was mauled by chimpanzees on June 28 while giving a tour at the Jane Goodall Institute's Chimpanzee Eden SA.

He was there as a graduate student studying anthropology at the University of Texas at San Antonio.