Police say Travis, seen here as a younger chimp, was like a child to his owner, Sandra Herold. The wounded chimpanzee fled into the house and retreated to his living quarters, where he died. It was a bloodbath. , Nash attempted to sue the state of Connecticut in 2013 but her claim was denied. "I just don't know why he would do that. "CBS News RAW:" Chilling 911 tapes have been released in connection with a chimpanzee attack in Conn. that's left one woman in critical condition. When Charla arrived, Travis savagely attacked her. Click here to read more from MyFOXNY.com. In a separate incident, Travis' mother Suzy was fatally shot following an escape in 2001. WFSB Travis the chimp attacked police cars during the Feb. 16, 2009 rampage in Stamford, Conn. Police shot and killed the 200-lb animal after it ripped off Charla Nash's hands, nose, lips and eyelids. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions.  He had been taking medication for Lyme disease. The 911 call you hear was made by the Chimps owner and is graphic and uncut. 2009. Neither fazed Travis, who police said was like a child to Herold. Rob Bishop argued against the bill during the floor debate, noting it would cost $4 million annually and do nothing directly to prevent chimpanzee attacks on humans.  Travis had also driven a car on several occasions. Travis' screams can be heard in the background at the start of the tape as Sandra pleads for the police, who initially believe the call to be a hoax, until she starts screaming, "He's eating her!  The remains were cremated at All Pets Crematory in Stamford on February 25, 2009. According to news reports, Sandra called Charla because Sandra's 14-year-old pet chimpanzee, Travis, escaped and she needed help getting him back inside. Chimpanzees are really aggressors, primate experts say, and the owner admitted to News sources that she had given the chimp Travis xanax minutes before. Herold, at this point believing Nash to be dead, then called 9-1-1 and pleaded for help. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. Police said the drug had not been prescribed for the 14-year-old chimp.  Travis' attack resulted in the bill's reintroduction by co-sponsor, Rep. Mark Kirk, on February 23, 2009. All rights reserved. An officer shot Travis several times after the animal opened the door to his cruiser and started to get in. ©2021 FOX News Network, LLC. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The 90kg 'pet' flipped out - it might have been an unexpected reaction to taking Xanax. Chimpanzee known for attacking a friend of his owner.  Necropsy results in May 2009 confirmed the chimp was overweight and had been stabbed. '" The animal grew angrier. ", Herold replies, "My chimpanzee!  Travis was familiar with Nash, who had also worked at the Herolds' towing company, although Nash had a different hairstyle at the time of the attack, which may have confused and alarmed him. pics in the comments. ", In November 2012, Nash reached a settlement with Herold's estate and received approximately $4 million. Travis, a then-10-year-old chimpanzee, sits in the corner of his playroom in 2003. , The incident became an international news story. The new law took effect in 2009, and as of Travis's death in the same year, no one in the state had applied to adopt a chimpanzee. Police said they are looking into the possibility of criminal charges. He ripped her apart! A pet owner can be held criminally responsible if he or she knew or should have known that an animal was a danger to others.  He had also appeared on The Maury Povich Show, The Man Show, and a television pilot that featured Sheryl Crow and Michael Moore. Nash was in critical condition Tuesday. Market data provided by Factset.  Pictures have surfaced on the Internet displaying Nash's face before and after the attack. Christoffersen, John, of Associated Press. Police in Stamford released 911 tapes of Sandra Herold's frantic call to police Monday as her beloved 15-year-old, 200-pound chimp, Travis, was attacking 55-year-old Charla Nash. , In March 2009, an attorney for Charla Nash's family filed a $50 million lawsuit against Sandra Herold. Currently Featured on the Huffington Post. Police say Travis attacked Nash when she arrived at the house to help lure the chimp back into Herold's house. By JJ Duncan on 2009-02-18 10:57:08 Travis the Chimpanzee was a popular figure in Stamford, CT, where he appeared in commercials for his owner's towing company. But the chimpanzee returned and went after several of the officers, who retreated into their cars, Conklin said.  Her family started a trust fund to raise money to pay her "unfathomable" medical bills and support her daughter. ", "It's just been hell," she told MyFOXNY. "We've got to get this guy out of here.  Herold, then 70 years old, attempted to stop Travis by hitting him on the head with a shovel and stabbing him in the back with a butcher knife. The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) did not enforce the law on the Herolds because they had owned 200-pound (91 kg) Travis for so long and the DEP did not believe Travis posed a public safety risk.  The Herolds raised Travis at their home at Rock Rimmon Road in the North Stamford section of Stamford, Connecticut. U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer introduced the Captive Primate Safety Act introduced on January 6, 2009, which would have added monkeys, great apes, and lemurs to the list of "prohibited wildlife species" that cannot be sold or purchased through interstate and foreign sales. 911 Call: 'The Chimp Killed My Friend!' Richard Conklin said. "He listened better than my nephews," the neighbor remarked after Travis had mauled Nash. He logged onto the computer to look at pictures, watched television using a remote control, and brushed his teeth using a Water Pik.  They named the chimp for Sandra's favorite singer, Travis Tritt. "Maybe from the medications he was out of sorts," Stamford police Capt. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. Nash had gone to Herold's home in Stamford on Monday to help her coax the chimp back into the house after he got out, police said. Marcella Leone came home from a trip in September 2008, turned on her answering machine, and discovered a disturbing, frantic message from Sandra Herold , the owner of Travis the chimpanzee. , Jerome died from cancer in 2004, and the Herolds' only child died in a car accident; as a result, Sandra Herold regarded Travis almost as a surrogate son and pampered him. 5 of 15 Enlarge Image The chimp attacked Nash as Herold, 70, frantically stabbed her beloved pet with a butcher knife and pounded him with a shovel. The 200-lb. The hospital provided counseling to its staff members who initially treated her because of the extraordinary nature of Nash's wounds.  She claimed to have complained to the Herolds and to police, who stated they had no record of any such complaint. Travis, a chimp just reaching adolescence attacked and severely maimed Charla Nash, a friend of the chimp's owner (the chimp's owner is the one on the 911 call). He added the animal always knew when to stop and paid close attention to its owner. chimp named Travis, whose owner, Sandra Herold, 70, raised him as part of her own family, had no history of violence — aside from one incident in 2003, when he escaped and stopped traffic in Stamford for hours. "He's ripping her apart," Sandra Herold, 70, tells dispatchers about her pet, Travis. She then called 911 before stabbing the chimp with butcher knife and hitting him with a shovel. All rights reserved. A former Connecticut resident says a chimpanzee's brutal attack on a woman Monday wasn't the animal's first time lashing out. 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The incident began after a pedestrian threw something at the car that went through a partially open window and struck Travis while they were stopped at a traffic light. Herold said she was turned away from the hospital when she went to visit Nash Tuesday, MyFOXNY reported. After the animal lunged at Nash when she got out of her car, Herold ran inside to call 911 and returned with a knife. , Frank Chiafari—the police officer who fatally shot Travis—was initially unable to get his therapy for depression and anxiety covered after the incident.  Within the following 72 hours, Nash underwent more than seven hours of surgery on her face and hands by four teams of surgeons. ", After police arrive, one officer radios back: "There's a man down. After the initial attack, Travis ran away and started roaming Herold's property until police arrived, setting up security so medics could reach the critically injured woman, Conklin said. Sandra called 911, and when police arrived, they found Charla in a devastating state. Travis became well known in the town and had been known to greet police officers they would encounter when towing cars.  On February 23, 2009, the House voted 323 to 95 in favor of the bill, and the editorial boards of several major newspapers, including The New York Times and Newsday, supported its passage. WARNING GRAPHIC.  Doctors reattached her jaw, but announced on April 7, 2009, that Nash would be blind for life. He was shot dead when he tried to attack a police officer. When Travis unleashed his fury on her friend Charla Nash, Herold stabbed the chimp repeatedly with a butcher's knife and called 911. Shoot him, shoot him! Legal Statement. The desperate owner of a chimpanzee that went on a rampage in Stamford, Conn., pleaded with police over the phone to help her stop the animal from mauling her friend, telling them they had to "shoot him" when they arrived.  Sandra slept and bathed with Travis, saying after his death, "I'm, like, hollow now.  He enjoyed watching baseball on television. Herold said Tuesday night that Travis had nothing but love until the "freak accident. He slept with me every night.  Nash's petition to sue was denied on the basis that at the time of the attack, no statute existed that prohibited the private ownership of a chimpanzee. Legal Statement. He also claimed such attacks are relatively rare. ... a 911 operator's delay in responding to the victim's frantic call for help.  Travis had left the house with Sandra Herold's car keys, and Nash came to help get the chimp back in the house; upon seeing Nash holding a Tickle Me Elmo—one of his favorite toys—Travis flew into a rage and attacked her. Travis (October 21, 1995 – February 16, 2009) was a male common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) who, in February 2009, mauled a friend of his owner in Stamford, Connecticut, blinding her,severing several body parts and lacerating her face. The woman, Leslie Mostel-Paul, said Travis the chimp bit her hand and tried to pull her into a vehicle as she greeted him. He was shot dead when he tried to attack a police officer. In July 2013, Nash's attorneys began efforts to appeal the court's decision. , On February 16, 2009, at around 3:40 p.m., Travis attacked Sandra Herold's 55-year-old friend Charla Nash, inflicting devastating injuries to her face and limbs. Blumenthal subsequently sent letters to legislative leaders and the DEP Commissioner, asking them to support a proposed law that would ban all potentially dangerous exotic animals, such as chimpanzees, crocodiles, and venomous snakes, from being kept in a residential setting in Connecticut. , In June 2011, Nash underwent transplant surgery performed by a team led by Dr. Bohdan Pomahač at the Harvard teaching affiliate, Brigham and Women's Hospital, receiving a donated face and hands. Travis' excited screeches could be heard in the background of the 911 call as he tore Charla Nash apart. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper.  After initial treatment at Stamford Hospital, Nash was transferred to the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Market data provided by Factset. Herold disputed those reports Wednesday, telling The Associated Press that she "never, ever" gave Xanax to the animal. Travis was the son of Coco, who’d been snatched from the jungles of equatorial Africa in the early seventies and purchased for $12,000, and an 11-year-old retired zoo chimp named Suzy. The DEP was seeking a similar law banning large primates and, after the incident, announced that it sought the help of the public, police officers, and animal control officers to report such pets to the agency.  Xanax is a short-acting, potent anti-anxiety drug that can cause disinhibition and disorientation and occasionally paradoxical reactions of hallucination, aggression, rage, and mania in humans. In the end, her heart, which had been broken so many times before, could take no more. Sound from the original 9-1-1 call, radio traffic from the police shooting of Travis, and the aftermath of the hunt were used in the episode. A neighbor said he used to play around and wrestle with Travis. ©2021 FOX News Network, LLC. Travis retreated to the house, where he was found dead next to his cage. Moments before she had tried to tempt the "agitated" ape back in to his cage using his favourite stuffed Elmo toy. The attack was believed to be unprovoked. By JJ Duncan on 2009-02-18 10:57:08 Travis the Chimpanzee was a popular figure in Stamford, CT, where he appeared in commercials for his owner's towing company.  Nash revealed her damaged face in public for the first time on The Oprah Winfrey Show on November 11, 2009. Charla Nash was attacked by her friends pet chimp Travis in 2009 Credit: WENN. [dubious – discuss], Travis was born near Festus, Missouri on October 21, 1995, at Mike and Connie Braun Casey's compound, currently named the Missouri Chimpanzee Sanctuary.