Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Chimps don't kill people... Oh wait they do.


(CNN) -- A Connecticut woman pleaded for police to "please hurry" to save a friend from an attack by a pet chimpanzee, according to emotional 911 recordings released Tuesday by Stamford police.
Police say Travis, seen here as a younger chimp, was like a child to his owner, Sandra Herold.

Police say Travis, seen here as a younger chimp, was like a child to his owner, Sandra Herold.

"He's ripping her apart," Sandra Herold, 70, tells dispatchers about her pet, Travis.

With the chimp squealing in the background, Herold cries out, "He's killed my friend!"

The victim, Charla Nash, 55, remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after the chimp, once featured in television commercials for Coca-Cola and Old Navy, attacked her Monday afternoon, police said.

Nash had just arrived at Herold's house when Travis jumped on her and began biting and mauling her, causing serious injuries to her face, neck and hands, according to Stamford Police Capt. Rich Conklin. Conklin said the attack was unprovoked, but he described it as "brutal and lengthy."

The chimp, who was known to walk around town, sometimes without a leash, also liked to surf on the Internet and was able to change the TV channel with a remote, according to a Stamford Advocate article. The paper also reported that Travis watered plants, was able to feed hay to his owner's horses, ate at a table with the rest of the family and sometimes drank wine from a stemmed glass.

First of all I had no idea that there were chimps in Stamford. I mean that has to be the worst place to be a chimp. And I'm actually pretty sad about this because when I was college I watched Planet of Apes for a week straight. And since I was whacked out of my mind - I was totally on the Apes side and vowed I would never go to a zoo again.
I mean this chimp's life sounds like mine. "The chimp, who was known to walk around town, sometimes without a leash, also liked to surf on the Internet and was able to change the TV channel with a remote, watered plants, was able to feed hay to his owner's horses, ate at a table with the rest of the family and sometimes drank wine from a stemmed glass". To be honest this is about the extent of my skills. Except that I'm not allowed to walk through town without a leash and I can't drink out of stemmed glass.

3 comments:

coffeerama said...

this chimp attack reminds me of the territorial, killer apes from the movie Congo

Smitty said...

welcome back SDM! Reminds me of BJ and the Bear....Bear was always feeling up the Landers twins. http://www.tvcrazy.net/tvclassics/americantv/bj/bear.jpg

BobbyJenx said...

welcome Back SDM