2.17.2009

I have alot to say about this story...

For now, just read it...and we'll chat about this later.

Pet chimpanzee attacks woman in Connecticut

A 200-pound pet chimpanzee in Stamford, Connecticut, viciously mauled a woman he had known for years, leaving her critically injured with much of her face torn away, the authorities said.

The 90-kilogram animal was shot and killed on Monday by the police after he assaulted an officer in his car.

The woman, Charla Nash, 55, a friend of the chimpanzee's owner, was being treated at Stamford Hospital and might not survive, the authorities said.

The attack also brought a brutal end to the life of the chimpanzee, Travis, 14, a popular figure in town who had appeared in television commercials and often posed for photographs at the shop operated by his owners. He had escaped before, and in 2003 playfully held up traffic at a busy intersection for several hours, but he had no history of violence, the authorities said. Travis's social skills included drinking wine from a stemmed glass, dressing and bathing himself and using a computer.

Travis's owner, Sandra Herold, 70, had raised him almost as one of her own children but found herself lunging at him with a butcher knife on Monday to protect Nash, said Captain Richard Conklin of the Stamford police, who gave the following account.

Herold told detectives that Travis was in a rambunctious mood on Monday afternoon. He took her keys from the kitchen table, unlocked a door and let himself out into the yard.

"He's going to different cars and tapping on them, trying the doors, a clear indication he wanted to go for a ride," Conklin said.

Travis would not be lured back into the house, even after Herold gave him tea laced with Xanax, a drug used for treating anxiety in humans. Herold called Nash, who drove over, but when she stepped out of her car at around 3:40 p.m., Travis went at her full force. While it was not clear what prompted the assault, Nash had markedly changed her hairstyle since the last time Travis had seen her, possibly leading him to mistake her for an intruder.

Herold tried to pull Travis off her friend, but, Conklin noted, "Sandra is 70 years old, and a 200-pound chimpanzee is much, much stronger than a 200-pound human being."

Herold telephoned for help, grabbed a knife and stabbed Travis several times, to little effect. When emergency service vehicles pulled up, Travis fled, leaving Nash face down in the driveway.

One team of officers searched the woods for Travis, while another formed a protective cordon around the paramedics ministering to Nash.

After a while, Conklin said, Travis returned and "went after the officers." He knocked a mirror off the passenger's side of a police cruiser with one swing of his arm, then ran around to the driver's side, opened the door and attacked the officer in the driver's seat.

"He's trapped in his car," Conklin said of the officer. "He has nowhere to go. So he pulls his sidearm and shoots the chimp several times in close proximity."

Travis disappeared into the woods. Eventually officers picked up a blood trail, which they followed back to the house. There they found Travis in his living quarters. He was dead.


23 comments:

brown eyed girl said...

That's where I was born, y'all. Things sure are gettin' crazy up in New England.

Seriously, though. WTF.

Dr Zibbs said...

The kid from mask? You need to email me and give me names.

Kate said...

It sounds as if Travis was being treated as a human. Big mistake !
He drank wine from a glass how sophisticated ! Perhaps he partied too much the night before and had a nasty hangover. It is a very sad story but the moral of the story is animals are animals and humans should have the sense to respect that.

Melissa said...

This happened in the town I live in now!

preppyplayer said...

So sad. I feel as though the owner dropped the ball on that one.

Sass said...

I literally don't know what to say in this situation...

Is it weird that I see the animal as the victim, and I'm sad for him?

Analyze me...;)

MsMVNJ said...

I'm not sure where to start with this - I feel for all parties involved; I don't doubt the inherit intelligence of chimps, but should they be treated as humans? What was in it for the owner? Was this a business idea that turned into an emotional attachment?

My heart really goes out to the friend - she was an innocent bystander.

Brie said...

I heard this on 1010 this morning. I thought I was having a crazy dream. Did they mention he (the chimp) had Lyme's disease?? Strange strange story!
They also mentioned that the friend who stabbed the monkey he became "angry" - no sh$t!

Scarlet O'Kara said...

This is just so very sad all around. I feel for Travis, his owner, her friend, as well as the police officers involved.

Very sad for everyone involved...

Schatzie said...

Well, I can't believe anyone would want to own a monkey/chimp/whatever anyways. They are 10xs stronger than humans, so why anyone would risk living around an animal that could easily overtake them is beyond me. And they are gross and throw poop. Wild animals are wild animals.

Schatzie said...

(Not that I don't pity the chimp, I just think it's foolish to own such animals.)

Jaina said...

That's awful! This is why such animals belong in the wild or in the zoo. I bet the Xanax had something to do with it.

jenn said...

I'm with Schatzie on this one: wild animals should not be made into pets. Nor given WINE, for God's sake.

Strange and horrifying story. I feel so sorry for the friend, but also for this poor animal.

Cowguy said...

Well... that's a weird story. I guess if there's a lesson to be learned here it's probably "Travis is a dumb name for a monkey".

There's probably other lessons.

J.

Schatzie said...

Lol, Travis IS a dumb name for a monkey. I'm cracking up at that.

MommyTime said...

This is horrifying and tragic. But, honestly, when people try to make powerful wild animals into house pets, they are asking for disaster at some point.

Monkey said...

a CNN commentator made a good point about the impossibility of ever truly domesticating a wild animal, no matter how much a person might want it to to be domesticated
coffee!

Jan said...

Very unusual story. Heard about that yesterday on the radio. How sad for all involved.

jilly said...

I actually have met Travis. Back in 2000 after the beach would empty out at the end of the day his owner used to bring him down to "play". There was a tree he would climb and he used to love to play in the sand and water. He ran toward me and gave me a huge hug and loved to play with my hair. Since then the authorities had the family relocate to a more remote area of town where he contracted Lymes. But look at it this way, as a human would you combine xanax and red wine? Too sad all the way around and it is a shame that someone had to get hurt.

Kate said...

Ok I just heard 911 call it's so horrific.
Then I watched the owner being interviewed. She told the reporter that Travis could drive. He occasionally drove off in the car !!
This woman made him lobster tails filet mignon. He was like her son.
She needs serious mental help most likely inpatient.

Jillian, Inc said...

Saw this on GMA this morning. WTF is up with people owning wild animals? No matter how long they are "calm" and act "domesticated", they are WILD. And in her GMA interview she said the chimp slept in bed beside her. And also that he had Lyme disease. And she gave him a Xanax. The owner has some major issues..obviously.

The Chic Chauffeur said...

Ok, I just read that the owner said the chimp was like a son to her, and she slept with him. OK. Seriously. She is a mental case. Who sleeps with their grown son? Who sleeps with their chimp? This is like a horrible horrible sitcom.

Kate said...

Ok it's Mom again I know I am obsessed with this story she bathed with him !!! I love my dog would I take a bath with him NEVER.

 
Website Content and Copy: Caffeine Court, 2007-8.|Blog Design by JudithShakes Designs.