Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Travis the Chimp, on Xanax, goes bananas and mauls woman before being shot dead by Connecticut cops

So help me, my eyes are tearing up with laughter after reading that headline, even though this really is a horrible story...

Travis, a 200 pound, 15-year old chimpanzee who had appeared in TV commercials and "was toilet trained, dressed himself, took his own bath, ate at the table and drank wine from a glass", went berzerk last night in a Stamford, Connecticut neighborhood after breaking loose from his owners' custody, and then severely mauled Charla Nash with "life-changing, if not life-threatening injuries" to her face and hands. Travis' owner Sandra Herold had to beat the ape off her friend with a butcher knife and a shovel.

Travis had earlier been given tea laced with the anti-depressant Xanax. He proceeded to terrorize the streets before being shot dead by Stamford cops, after Travis opened the door of a police cruiser and attempted to enter the vehicle. According to one report, Travis may have intended to drive away from the scene.

Feel free to post the obligatory Planet of the Apes comments as you see fit...

8 comments:

Russ Stover said...

Most people think of chimpanzees as docile and sweet and gorillas as ready to kill. But it's the other way around. Gorillas are very peaceful and eat only plants. Chimps especially older chimps are wildly unpredictable and can become even murderous. In the wild they will kill their own kind out of cannibalism. Sandra Herold is lucky Travis had not attacked her already.

Anonymous said...

The New York Post cover today is that photo with the headline "FURIOUS GEORGE!"

patrick said...

I think it was the bad wine that the owner had been serving Travis that sent him over the deep edge.

People, seemed astonished that Travis devoured the fingers of the woman who was trying to help out the owner but....... Who what reader hasn't enjoyed lady fingers at least once in their lifetime?

Fred Preuss said...

"Get your hands offa me, you damned dirty apes!"
"It's a madhouse! A madhouse!"

Heston said it best.

Hey Jude the Lesser said...

The monkey was using the Internet! No wonder he went bonkers.

Anonymous said...

Travis just needed Jesus. He was probably an atheist.

Anonymous said...

Poor guy had quiet a set of man-boobs. Looks like Rush Limbaugh, only a bit more toned.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to go there, but I wonder if Sandra told him earlier that she " had a headache"

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Travis the Chimp, on Xanax, goes bananas and mauls woman before being shot dead by Connecticut cops

So help me, my eyes are tearing up with laughter after reading that headline, even though this really is a horrible story...

Travis, a 200 pound, 15-year old chimpanzee who had appeared in TV commercials and "was toilet trained, dressed himself, took his own bath, ate at the table and drank wine from a glass", went berzerk last night in a Stamford, Connecticut neighborhood after breaking loose from his owners' custody, and then severely mauled Charla Nash with "life-changing, if not life-threatening injuries" to her face and hands. Travis' owner Sandra Herold had to beat the ape off her friend with a butcher knife and a shovel.

Travis had earlier been given tea laced with the anti-depressant Xanax. He proceeded to terrorize the streets before being shot dead by Stamford cops, after Travis opened the door of a police cruiser and attempted to enter the vehicle. According to one report, Travis may have intended to drive away from the scene.

Feel free to post the obligatory Planet of the Apes comments as you see fit...

8 comments:

Russ Stover said...

Most people think of chimpanzees as docile and sweet and gorillas as ready to kill. But it's the other way around. Gorillas are very peaceful and eat only plants. Chimps especially older chimps are wildly unpredictable and can become even murderous. In the wild they will kill their own kind out of cannibalism. Sandra Herold is lucky Travis had not attacked her already.

Anonymous said...

The New York Post cover today is that photo with the headline "FURIOUS GEORGE!"

patrick said...

I think it was the bad wine that the owner had been serving Travis that sent him over the deep edge.

People, seemed astonished that Travis devoured the fingers of the woman who was trying to help out the owner but....... Who what reader hasn't enjoyed lady fingers at least once in their lifetime?

Fred Preuss said...

"Get your hands offa me, you damned dirty apes!"
"It's a madhouse! A madhouse!"

Heston said it best.

Hey Jude the Lesser said...

The monkey was using the Internet! No wonder he went bonkers.

Anonymous said...

Travis just needed Jesus. He was probably an atheist.

Anonymous said...

Poor guy had quiet a set of man-boobs. Looks like Rush Limbaugh, only a bit more toned.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to go there, but I wonder if Sandra told him earlier that she " had a headache"