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  posted on 2/17/2009 at 01:02 AM
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Chimpanzee Mauls Guest At Connecticut Home

Woman's Hands Bitten Off; Owner Stabs Chimp Several Times Before Police Gun Down 200-Pound Animal

STAMFORD, Conn. (CBS) &#8213;


A 200-pound chimpanzee named Travis attacked and critically injured a 55-year-old woman in Stamford, Conn., on Monday.

CBS 2 HD has learned a lot more about the animal, who even had a history on television.

The chimpanzee, considered a fixture in the north Stamford community, turned into a monster on Monday afternoon, attacking a 55-year-old woman after she showed up at the home of the animal's owner, at 241 Rockrimmon Road.

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

The 200-pound animal was a celebrity in Stamford. It appeared in TV commercials. People would stop to take photos with "Travis the chimp" as he was called.

But that all changed when it attacked Charla Nash, a friend of the animal's owner.

"The owner went into the kitchen, retrieved a long butcher knife and stabbed the chimp several times to assist her friend," Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin told CBS 2 HD.

The animal escaped into a wooded area, only to return when police arrived.

"The chimpanzee knocked the mirror off and tried to access the [police] car by opening the door," Capt. Conklin said.

As the animal tried to enter the vehicle, the officer in the driver's seat shot it several times in the chest.

Travis again escaped, but after a lengthy search ended inside the home, "a blood trail was followed to a room where it was found expired from the gunshot wounds," Conklin said.

Travis grew up in the house he died in. His aggressive action did not come as a surprise to one animal expert.

"Well, aggressive behavior in chimpanzees is very normal actually," Dr. E'Lise Christensen said. "So when they're in an environment filled with people, they don't have any other targets other than people to be aggressive towards."

The news of a lengthy and brutal attack came as a surprise to some. Neighbors told CBS 2 HD it wasn't uncommon to see Travis walking around the neighborhood, sometimes unleashed.

"He was friendly, always friendly," one neighbor said.

But not to everyone.

"Oh yeah, he didn't like me at all," said Don Mecca, who also said he feared for his life around the animal. "Dangerous, 100 percent dangerous he hated me."

Ironically, CBS 2 HD has also learned that the same chimpanzee escaped from his owners' SUV back in 2003 and caused havoc in downtown Stamford before police put down the then-175-pound animal with a tranquilizer gun.


 

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Chimpanzee Mauls Guest At Connecticut Home

Woman's Hands Bitten Off; Owner Stabs Chimp Several Times Before Police Gun Down 200-Pound Animal

STAMFORD, Conn. (CBS) &#8213;


A 200-pound chimpanzee named Travis attacked and critically injured a 55-year-old woman in Stamford, Conn., on Monday.

CBS 2 HD has learned a lot more about the animal, who even had a history on television.

The chimpanzee, considered a fixture in the north Stamford community, turned into a monster on Monday afternoon, attacking a 55-year-old woman after she showed up at the home of the animal's owner, at 241 Rockrimmon Road.

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

The 200-pound animal was a celebrity in Stamford. It appeared in TV commercials. People would stop to take photos with "Travis the chimp" as he was called.

But that all changed when it attacked Charla Nash, a friend of the animal's owner.

"The owner went into the kitchen, retrieved a long butcher knife and stabbed the chimp several times to assist her friend," Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin told CBS 2 HD.

The animal escaped into a wooded area, only to return when police arrived.

"The chimpanzee knocked the mirror off and tried to access the [police] car by opening the door," Capt. Conklin said.

As the animal tried to enter the vehicle, the officer in the driver's seat shot it several times in the chest.

Travis again escaped, but after a lengthy search ended inside the home, "a blood trail was followed to a room where it was found expired from the gunshot wounds," Conklin said.

Travis grew up in the house he died in. His aggressive action did not come as a surprise to one animal expert.

"Well, aggressive behavior in chimpanzees is very normal actually," Dr. E'Lise Christensen said. "So when they're in an environment filled with people, they don't have any other targets other than people to be aggressive towards."

The news of a lengthy and brutal attack came as a surprise to some. Neighbors told CBS 2 HD it wasn't uncommon to see Travis walking around the neighborhood, sometimes unleashed.

"He was friendly, always friendly," one neighbor said.

But not to everyone.

"Oh yeah, he didn't like me at all," said Don Mecca, who also said he feared for his life around the animal. "Dangerous, 100 percent dangerous he hated me."

Ironically, CBS 2 HD has also learned that the same chimpanzee escaped from his owners' SUV back in 2003 and caused havoc in downtown Stamford before police put down the then-175-pound animal with a tranquilizer gun.





There was an incident a few years ago about an attack on a guy who had worked with chiimps...same thing happened, bit of his hands and one or both feet, in addition to his testicles....anyone who keeps animals accustomed to living in the wild as pets like lions, wolves, bears and chimps as pets is insane.

Can't wait to hear PETA blame this one on the humans.

 

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  posted on 2/17/2009 at 01:32 AM
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Actually they almost chewed his face off, as well as his gonads...

 

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  posted on 2/17/2009 at 10:12 AM
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Can't wait to hear PETA blame this one on the humans.


PETA are a bunch of wackos, but who exactly, should be blamed for bringing this animal from the wilds into our world?

 

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Where's Bubbles ?

 

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  posted on 2/17/2009 at 10:27 AM
People often underestimate the physical power of any type of ape, chimp, etc. I knew a guy who lost half a finger to an oranguatan, the animal just pinched his finger off with little effort.

 

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  posted on 2/17/2009 at 12:47 PM
Ive seen travis, I used to work in stamford ct., his owner had him seatbelted in the passenger side of a corvette, they were stopped at a light and he was leaning out the window, I was walking up to check him out and he lunged at me!.
 

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  posted on 2/17/2009 at 01:56 PM
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Can't wait to hear PETA blame this one on the humans.


some sciene for Derek, (missed from the very article the man of letters quoted)


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"Well, aggressive behavior in chimpanzees is very normal actually," Dr. E'Lise Christensen said. "So when they're in an environment filled with people, they don't have any other targets other than people to be aggressive towards


IT is the human's fault for keeping a wild animal as a pet.

The chimp wanted to go for a card ride, the owner gave it some tea and a xanax

it then ripped his friend to shreds. guess the xanax don't work on chimps.

why would any moron keep a pet that can rip your arm off and eat it?

Yep, let's blame it on PETA




I'm actually in agreement with you, John. I didn't write that post very well...of course it was the fault of the misguided human who decided that he would be able to domesticate a wild animal into a docile pet. Always a crap shoot. It's like playing with a time bomb that could go off at any moment.

So in that case, PETA would be justified in finding fault with the owner/handler.

Touche

 

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i read another article on this this morning

 

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i read another article on this this morning


So, how does Jane feel about this?














 

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So, how does Jane feel about this?

And Cheetah?















 

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they are both inhiding scared of the peta people is gonna take him away

 

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  posted on 2/19/2009 at 08:58 PM
There were some reports that said that the relationship he had with his owner was not one of owner/animal. The 200 lb chimp slept in the same bed with her, she'd also share wine with him etc. In one film clip they asked her if she had this whole thing to do again, would she have a chimp living in her house and she said yes, and they had a picture of her kissing him on the mouth. The woman tried to make the chimp into a human. Very sick indeed.

 

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He's up for auction..... see MJ thread.....

 

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  posted on 2/19/2009 at 10:59 PM
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Here's one of the stories about the owner and the chimp.

 

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  posted on 2/20/2009 at 01:31 AM
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The remains of a five-year-old Australian boy have been found in the stomach of a crocodile, police say.

Jeremy Doble was last seen on 8 February playing near his family's home beside a flooded mangrove swamp in northern Queensland.

Police now say he was attacked and eaten by a 14ft (4.3m) crocodile who was then trapped in a flooded river.

The announcement came after police examined the crocodile, using non-lethal surgical procedure.

"The family have requested that media respect their privacy at this time," police said in a statement.

Queensland officials say the animal will now be sent to a crocodile farm or zoo.

The victim's parents have reportedly asked authorities not to kill the crocodile.


 

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What I found interesting is that immediately following this incident she stated she had just given Travis some tea laced with Xanax to calm him down. Now that there have been reports that the Xanax could have a reverse effect she is back peddling like crazy and denying her original statements.

 

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Travis the other heavy monkey

 

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Some doctor was on the news last night basically saying that Travis was "unsure of his idendity" because of the way the owner trated him as a human and as such, casued him to rebel. His owner admitted that they slept together and she taught him how to dress. Sounds totally wacked to me. Can't wait for the lawsuit from the injured female friend!!!!

 

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Once again I have that Chris Rock line in my head when he commented about the tiger attack that ended Sigfried & Roy's act...

"That tiger didn't go crazy. That tiger went tiger."

 

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  posted on 2/20/2009 at 11:23 PM
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some tea laced with Xanax to calm him down.


Perhaps she should have tried the Micheal Phelps method

 

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  posted on 2/21/2009 at 12:16 AM
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Perhaps she should have tried the Micheal Phelps method




Well at least she didn't bring him to the Beacon!

 

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