Chimpanzee Attacks, Mauls Connecticut Woman Before Being Killed by Police

Chimpanzee Attacks, Mauls Connecticut Woman Before Being Killed by Police

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    Chimpanzee Attacks, Mauls Connecticut Woman Before Being Killed by Police

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    Tuesday , February 17, 2009

    An out-of-control, 200-pound pet chimpanzee that had recently been given Xanax apparently went berserk and mauled a woman in Connecticut, leaving her in critical condition.

    The owner of the former TV star chimp Travis stabbed him multiple times after the Monday attack, but to no avail. Police were called to the scene and say they had no choice but to shoot and kill the pet-gone-wild.

    The bizarre scene unfolded in Stamford, when Travis suddenly attacked and tore up the face of 55-year-old Charla Nash, who was visiting his owner Sandra Herold Monday night.

    Nash was taken to the hospital with severe wounds and remained in critical condition Tuesday.

    "He bit both of her hands off and the cop told me he just kept eating her. It's terrible," Lynne Mecca, a friend of the victim, told CBS News.

    The animal had recently been given Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug that is used for pets as well as humans, because it had become agitated.

    Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin said Herold gave Travis the drug in some tea. The medication can initially cause an increase in anxiety in animals until they adjust to it.

    Authorities say there was no known provocation for the attack.

    The victim suffered "a tremendous loss of blood" from serious facial injuries, according to Conklin.

    Nash was in critical condition Tuesday after suffering what Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy called "life-changing, if not life-threatening," injuries to her face and hands.

    Her sister-in-law, Kate Nash, said Tuesday morning that Nash underwent surgery Monday night and came out of it "OK."

    Herold and two officers also were hurt, though authorities said the extent of their wounds was not immediately known.

    The 15-year-old chimp once starred in TV commercials for Old Navy and Coca-Cola.

    Police said they don't know why Travis attacked Nash as she got out of her car to visit Herold. There was speculation that it may have been because she had recently changed her hairstyle and the animal could have thought she was an intruder.

    Conklin said Herold wrestled with the chimp, then ran inside to call 911.

    "She retrieved a large butcher knife and stabbed her longtime pet numerous times in an effort to save her friend, who was really being brutally attacked," Conklin said.

    Travis ran away and started roaming on Herold's property as police arrived. Officers set up security so that medics could reach the critically injured woman lying on the ground, Conklin said.

    But the chimpanzee returned and went after several of the officers, who retreated into their cars, Conklin said. Travis knocked the mirror off a cruiser before opening its door and starting to get in, trapping the officer.

    That officer shot the chimpanzee several times, Conklin said.

    The wounded chimpanzee fled the scene, but Conklin said police were able to follow the trail of his blood: down the driveway, into the open door of the home, through the house and to his living quarters, where he had retreated and died of his wounds.

    "He's been raised almost like a child by this family," Conklin said Monday. "He rides in a car every day, he opens doors, he's a very unique animal in that aspect. We have no indication of what provoked this behavior at all."

    Conklin said the chimp has been sick with Lyme disease, so the drugs might have made him anxious.

    "Maybe from the medications he was out of sorts," he said. "We really don't know."

    Police have dealt with him in the past, including an incident in 2003 when he escaped from his owners' vehicle in downtown Stamford for two hours.

    Officers used cookies, macadamia treats and ice cream in an attempt to lure him, but subdued him only after he became too tired to resist.

    At the time of the 2003 incident, police said the Herolds told them the chimpanzee was toilet trained, dressed himself, took his own bath, ate at the table and drank wine from a stemmed glass.

    He also brushed his teeth using a Water Pik, logged onto the computer to look at pictures, and watched television using the remote control.

    Colleen McCann, a primatologist at the Bronx Zoo, said Tuesday that chimpanzees are unpredictable and dangerous even after living among humans for years.

    "It's deceiving to think that if any animal is ... well-behaved around humans, that means there is no risk involved to humans for potential outbursts of behavior," she said. "They are unpredictable, and in instances like this you cannot control that behavior or prevent it from happening if it is in a private home."

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    The chimp was stabbed and shot several times and still managed to escape quite a distance before dying. This is food for thought for those of us who think two shots mid-torso will stop an attack.
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    That is crazy, I have heard of this happening other times in the USA. The animal is doing what they do in the wild. I don't know why people think that they can turn a monkey into a human. They act like they are part of the family, "I love you son...." It is nuts! I personally after hearing of many attacks like this, will never knowingly be near a large monkey or chimp. More so after hearing a story from CA. where the chimp attacked a man, bite off his fingers, toes, nose and bite of his man parts

    I hope the woman can recover as best as possible.

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    Question: What's wrong with a dog for a 'pet'?

    I have had a 122lb and 115lb dogs as pets and when riled both were an extreme handful for a full grown male to handle and restrain never mind a woman to "wrestle" with. And that's just a dog.
    An adult male chimp IIRC is nearly 3 times stronger than a full grown man of equal size and weight. A 200 lb. male human is a considerable amount of work to deal with when angered for an equal sized male, never mind an aged female. And chimps naturally carry low body fat, unlike human males, which translates to greater muscle mass pound for pound and thus even greater real strength...and extreme difficulty in restraint.

    This sounds like stupid written all over it.
    I mean what did this lady have this animal on, a leash?!

    She's in for a heap of trouble now.
    The monkeys owner/handler is criminally liable for all damages as affected by her 'pet' and lack of ability to control/restrain it. She's also on the hook civilly for all damages and injury her guest (!) incurred. And if the woman dies of her injuries now or later, she could reasonably be seen as on the hook criminally for negligent homicide (!)...just as owners of dogs in same situations are charged and have been convicted of same.

    Having a dog is tough enough.
    Why a person would think to have a full grown man sized monkey for a pet is beyond me.

    Edit for correction:
    I was going by memory in regard to chimp strength as related to that of a human being and being three times as I'd stated.
    I'd made my post and then went back to doing work when a minute ago I got the the thought; "Lets check to verify what monkey strength actually is.".
    So I found myself with aid of Google at the following...

    Chimpanzees Don't Make Good Pets

    WANT TO RAISE A CHIMP? THINK AGAIN.
    Chimpanzees are meant to live in the wild, not in our homes. Those that have been taken from the forest and their mothers belong in a sanctuary or a high quality zoo. Like human children, ape children learn in a social context, by watching and imitating adults. Chimps that grow up apart from a normal group fail to learn the nuances of chimp etiquette, and are likely to behave abnormally. As adults, chimpanzees have at least five times the strength of humans – too much for any pet owner to manage! Zoos usually refuse to accept pets because they tend not to fit into established groups. Historically, many pet chimps ended up in medical research laboratories. Today they are likely to end up in a roadside zoo.

    Source - http://www.janegoodall.org/chimp_cen...es/as_pets.asp
    So clearly having a chimp as per the arguably _expert_ opinion of the Jane Goodall Institute is a completely unwise and I'd dare say outright stupid idea.

    - Janq

    P.S. - Not that it's the guests fault, but personally if some person told me they had a pet chimp/monkey in their home...That is a home/person I would choose to never visit.
    Why? Exactly.
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    I worked with primates for +/- 12 years. Chimps in particular are nasty and very, very dangerous! Nevermind eating the houseguest, at 200 lbs. he (Travis) could have pulled her to pieces with no effort.

    Anyone that would keep a chimp as a pet is an idiot of the highest order!
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    What I find funny as hell is the fact that the LEO were running away from the monkey and didn't shoot til bubba opened the squad car door and jumped in with the cop hiding in the car.whoda thunk monkeys could open a car door and -10 for the cop leaving his door unlocked where he could be mugged by a monkey LOL
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    I never liked chimps and now I know why. Had a real nasty one in Chicago that liked to fling his feces at visitors. This was before the had glass on the enclosure. He nailed quite a few people too, the evil bugger.

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    I wonder what the officer was shooting (caliber)?

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    Is there any white meat on a chimp?

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    That poor woman. Her life will be dramatically altered forever and ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbone View Post
    I wonder what the officer was shooting (caliber)?
    A VERY good question.
    The ultimate question even.

    - Janq
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martial Archer View Post
    I worked with primates for +/- 12 years. Chimps in particular are nasty and very, very dangerous! Nevermind eating the houseguest, at 200 lbs. he (Travis) could have pulled her to pieces with no effort.

    Anyone that would keep a chimp as a pet is an idiot of the highest order!
    Well, it didn't help that he apparently had Lime disease which DOES have a tendency to cause seemingly random rage type issues in many animals(including dogs). I've seen that one first hand in dogs anyway. OUCH! I've seen what was until then a perfectly normal loving family dog turn into a raging inferno after Lime. I wouldn't doubt that a chimp of all things would go ape-poop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janq View Post
    A VERY good question.
    The ultimate question even.

    - Janq

    I had the same question. Tatiana the tiger in the San Francisco Zoo was killed by .40 caliber rounds.

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    Apparently adult male chimps are quite unpredictable and can be extremely dangerous when they fall to that side of their emotions (as has been mentioned earlier in the thread). Also heard it being discussed on local talk radio.

    Sad story... that woman's life is basically over, even if she survives.

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    Why would the cops retreat into their cars? I would have thought they would have weapons drawn after seeing a woman with her face and hands mutilated. Not to mention the old saying a wounded animal is more dangerous. Knife wounds would have pissed that chimp off 10 fold from his initial attack.

    I would have put a clip into him as soon as I saw it.

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    A chimp that drank wine, wore Old Navy, drank Coca Cola, took Xanax and Lyme disease drugs.

    People are funny. They compare him to a human, but when he acts like a monkey they wonder what went wrong.

    Travis was such a good monkey...
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