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Chimp attacks woman, "much of her face torn away"

star_of_dusk
02-17-2009, 08:33 PM
February 18, 2009
Woman Mauled by Chimpanzee ‘Extremely Critical’
By ANDY NEWMAN and ANAHAD O’CONNOR

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/18/nyregion/18chimp.html?_r=1&hp

A 55-year-old woman who was mauled by a 200-pound pet chimpanzee in Connecticut remained listed in “extremely critical” condition on Tuesday, as police officials investigated whether illness might have changed the animal’s behavior.

Charla Nash, a friend of the chimpanzee’s owner, was viciously attacked in Stamford on Monday — with much of her face torn away — when she stepped out of her car at her friend’s house. The male chimpanzee, Travis, was eventually shot dead by officers, and Ms. Nash was taken to Stamford Hospital, where she remained on Tuesday.

In an interview, Capt. Richard Conklin of the Stamford Police said that Travis, 14, was believed to have Lyme disease, a tick-borne bacterial infection that in rare cases has been linked to psychosis, severe anxiety and delusional behavior. Travis had been in an agitated state most of the day Monday, and at one point his owner took the unusual step of giving him tea laced with Xanax in an attempt to calm him down, Capt. Conklin said.

“We’re trying to see if that factored into this,” he said of the Lyme disease.

Other than medication he might have been taking for the disease, Travis was not on any drugs and was not usually given Xanax, he added.

Despite their appearances, chimpanzees are known to possess astonishing power, with the average adult male having four to five times the upper-body strength of an adult human. As pets, they can be extremely difficult. They typically act aggressively toward their owners when they reach adulthood, and once reared by humans, they cannot be re-introduced into the wild because other chimpanzees will reject them, experts say.

The injuries Travis inflicted on Ms. Nash, whom he had known for years, were called horrendous.

“I’ve been doing this a long time and have never seen anything this dramatic on a living patient,” said Capt. Bill Ackley of Stamford Emergency Medical Service and the head of the paramedic crew that treated Ms. Nash..

The attack, in the driveway of a sprawling home in a densely wooded neighborhood on the north side of Stamford, marked a brutal end for Travis, a popular figure in town who had appeared in television commercials and often posed for photographs at the towing 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 Ms. Nash, said Capt. Conklin, who gave the following account.

Ms. Herold told detectives that Travis was in a rambunctious mood Monday afternoon. He took her keys from the kitchen table, unlocked a door and let himself out into the yard at 241 Rock Rimmon Road.

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

Travis would not be lured back into the house, even after Ms. Herold gave him the Xanax-laced tea. Ms. Herold called Ms. 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, Ms. Nash had markedly changed her hairstyle since the last time Travis had seen her, possibly leading him to mistake her for an intruder.

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

Ms. Herold called 911, grabbed a knife and stabbed Travis several times, to little avail. When emergency service vehicles pulled up, Travis fled, leaving Ms. Nash face down in the driveway.

One team of officers combed the woods for Travis, while another formed a protective cordon around the paramedics ministering to Ms. Nash, who Captain Ackley said also suffered multiple broken bones.

After a while, Captain 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,” Captain Conklin said. “He has nowhere to go. So he pulls his sidearm and shoots the chimp several times in close proximity.” Travis then disappeared into the woods.

The officer, whose name was not released, was treated for trauma. Ms. Herold was not seriously injured but was hospitalized.

Eventually officers picked up a blood trail, which they followed back to the house. There they found Travis in his living quarters, a caged-in area with a bed and other furnishings of comfortable captivity. He was dead.

Captain Conklin said that charges against Ms. Herold were unlikely.

“We’ll certainly speak to the experts and the prosecutors,” he said, “but we truly hope that there are no charges. It’s a modern-day tragedy.”

fast_clay
02-17-2009, 09:14 PM
crikey... angry chimp...

Sofonda Cox
02-17-2009, 09:16 PM
:spit:

TankingTheSet
02-17-2009, 09:19 PM
Tragic, but you have to question the wisdom of a 70 year-old woman living alone having a 200 pound adult male chimpansee as a pet.in a residential neighbourhood.

star_of_dusk
02-17-2009, 10:29 PM
I hate primates, except the little cute ones. When I found this article I was like, yep they're all evil.

Henry Chinaski
02-17-2009, 10:39 PM
wonder if it was a Cockchimp. They're known for their violent tendencies afaik. Saw a David Attenborough special on them before.

fast_clay
02-17-2009, 11:35 PM
wonder if it was a Cockchimp. They're known for their violent tendencies afaik. Saw a David Attenborough special on them before.

yeah for sure, i was thinking the same thing too... but, when i re-read the article i noticed that there was no such phrase like 'the chimpanzee then violently swaffled the victim' ... which is usually the tell-tale sign of a cockchimp...

Action Jackson
02-17-2009, 11:42 PM
Has to be a cockchimp.

LoveFifteen
02-18-2009, 03:30 AM
Oh my God, that is terrible. It should not be legal to own chimpanzees as pets. Poor lady. I would rather die that have my face hideously disfigured.

TMJordan
02-18-2009, 04:22 AM
Definate cockchimp.

Snoo Foo
02-18-2009, 04:30 AM
It's legal to own chimps as pets there (:shrug:) but the weight limit is 50 pounds, for some reason I'm not sure of the woman was given a dispensation by local authorities to keep him even though he was 4X the legal limit. The woman was like, an old lonely woman and her only daughter was killed in a car wreck a while back so it was just her and her monkey :sad: The chimp was like a kid to her, she cooked for him and gave him ice cream and stuff, the whole thing is really goddamn sad, but kids, let this be a lesson to you, monkeys do not make good pets.

Thanos
02-18-2009, 04:57 AM
so killer monkeys don't only exist in brazil.

Snoo Foo
02-18-2009, 05:03 AM
brazil and connecticut

Nikki♥
02-18-2009, 06:10 AM
Mean chimp. :eek:

I prefer long-tailed macaques. The last time I was attacked by one, the little bastard merely stole my bag in hope there was something to eat inside. :lol:

Purple Rainbow
02-18-2009, 09:51 AM
Chimps should never be pets!
And if you do want a primate as a pet, get yourself a bonobo. :angry:

star_of_dusk
02-18-2009, 11:22 AM
WHAT IS A COCKCHIMP!!??! :(:confused::sad:

fast_clay
02-18-2009, 03:31 PM
WHAT IS A COCKCHIMP!!??! :(:confused::sad:

prone to very questionable and sometimes aggressive behaviour... and have been known to perform a more hardcore version of the 'swaffle'... which is why i dont think this was a cockchimp... but, yeah, most of the article fits the profile of a cockchimp... a mean one...

Byrd
02-18-2009, 04:21 PM
Ruanz let himself go.

star_of_dusk
02-18-2009, 08:13 PM
COCKCHIMP??

http://i407.photobucket.com/albums/pp159/BigfootARS/Sasquatch.gif


COCKCHIMP??
http://i490.photobucket.com/albums/rr266/0range-tt/mcup_sat_andyarm.jpg

star_of_dusk
02-18-2009, 08:23 PM
Apparently the 911 call http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbANAb-r6BU.

I haven't seen it as I'm at work right now and I don't think they'd want me playing it for everyone to hear.

Pfloyd
02-18-2009, 08:32 PM
Pretty sad overall.

I still think the chimp snapped and regardless of what others may say, these type of events are rather rare.

Whether this is because of the fact that not many chimps are used as house pets still remains a mystery but these type of events shouldn't demonize what is, in nature, a very special animal.

Kolya
02-19-2009, 12:27 AM
Why own a chimp for? :confused:

fast_clay
02-19-2009, 12:35 AM
some people enjoy trouble...

Snoo Foo
02-19-2009, 12:50 AM
Oh noez (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jlBBpB0_XF-eJt6GGtXCSl5bfV1AD96E6PC02).

TMJordan
02-19-2009, 04:24 AM
Mean chimp. :eek:

I prefer long-tailed macaques. The last time I was attacked by one, the little bastard merely stole my bag in hope there was something to eat inside. :lol:

Are you comparing being attacked by a little friendly macaque with a 200 pound crazy Cockchimp? Silly girl.

Noone likes Cockchimps, they are rude and smelly :( Also they will eat cute macaques. :sad:

Sofonda Cox
02-19-2009, 02:07 PM
COCKCHIMP??
http://i490.photobucket.com/albums/rr266/0range-tt/mcup_sat_andyarm.jpg

:)

alfonsojose
02-19-2009, 03:05 PM
And she gave it Xanax :help: Poor man, i mean, the guy attacked :sad:

GlennMirnyi
02-19-2009, 03:10 PM
It was definitely a cockchimp.

manuel84
02-21-2009, 05:01 PM
The woman lost her eyes, nose and jaw.

fast_clay
02-21-2009, 09:42 PM
whoa... the nose and eyes, ok i still feel a little hungry... but... the jaw being detached from the rest of the head by a chimp on prozac... hmmm... stephen king cant even produce that sort mental image...

stranger than fiction...

(note to self: dont make friends with people who have 200lb chimp as friends)

Sapeod
02-21-2009, 09:52 PM
Poor woman :sad: I hate chimps. This is the second time I've heard about this. The last one was a while back, but a man had his... you know what... torn off by one of the buggers.

fast_clay
02-22-2009, 02:44 AM
i mean... can you imagine the horror of having your head ripped apart like that... :eek: that's one really angry chimp... and a heavy one... if i had a chimp that drank half my mates beer he'd be pretty pissed at me for a little while... but if a chimp ripped my mates jaw off he probably would not talk to me for sometime...

JolánGagó
02-22-2009, 06:26 AM
The woman lost her eyes, nose and jaw.


so her face now consists of... cheekbones? :eek:

Guy Haines
02-22-2009, 06:49 AM
i mean... can you imagine the horror of having your head ripped apart like that... :eek: that's one really angry chimp... and a heavy one... if i had a chimp that drank half my mates beer he'd be pretty pissed at me for a little while... but if a chimp ripped my mates jaw off he probably would not talk to me for sometime...

:spit: You're sick. I didn't think it was possible for this story to make me laugh, but with that and the Stephen King reference, you succeeded.

America never ceases to amaze me. Pill-popping cockchimps in Connecticut. I wonder if he lived down the lane from Martha Stewart. I wonder if Americans are more prone to anthropomorphism.

fast_clay
02-22-2009, 03:32 PM
:spit: You're a redneck australian. I didn't think it was possible for this story to make me laugh, but with that and the Stephen King reference, you succeeded.

America never ceases to amaze me. Pill-popping cockchimps in Connecticut. I wonder if he lived down the lane from Martha Stewart. I wonder if Americans are more prone to anthropomorphism.

correction :lol:

Byrd
02-22-2009, 03:43 PM
All she needs now is a coin, and she'll have a good two-face impression going. All jokes aside, the chimp shouldn't of been there in the first place, as an elderly lady and a 200lb animal, this was always going to point towards a potential fuck-up.

LoL@CockChimp..

manuel84
02-23-2009, 12:26 PM
There have been conflicting reports but now it is said that the woman retained a "part" of her nose and while she didn't lose her eyes completely, they were seriously injured. Accdng. to the cops and medical workers who rushed to the scene, you couldn't even tell if the body was a male or female bec. of the horrible disfigurement and all the blood.:eek: The woman is now at Cleveland Clinic, site of the first face transplant in the US.

star_of_dusk
02-23-2009, 03:38 PM
http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2009/02/21/alg_travis-herold.jpg
picture of the chimp, named Travis.


Manual is right, there are a couple articles saying that she lost nearly all her face, but still has her nose and is at the place where they did the face transplant.

I don't really feel like actually posting the articles, but if you're interested there are details out there.