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When Chimpanzees Attack

This, children, is why you should never keep jungle animals as pets.

The chilling screams of a crazed chimp mauling a Connecticut woman were captured on a 911 tape - along with the animal’s owner begging, “Send police with guns!”

The 15-minute recording captures the bizarre horror of Monday’s attack, which left a 55-year-old woman critically injured and the 200-pound ape dead in a hail of police gunfire.

“Hurry, please! He ripped her face off,” the ape’s frantic owner, Sandy Herold, 70, is heard telling the dispatcher on the tapes released Tuesday night.

“Listen to me, you have to shoot him.”

The terrifying screeches of Travis the chimpanzee are heard as he mercilessly pounces on Herold’s pal, Charla Nash.

“He killed her!” Herold told the dispatcher. “He ripped her apart. He tried attacking me. How fast can you get here?”

The dispatcher sounds incredulous as Herold describes how she had to stab the burly ape and only aggravated him.

“He’s eating her,” Herold screamed. “Please have them go faster.”

The attack was no doubt terrifying enough, but then there’s this little bit of information that makes me question the woman’s judgement:

Fighting back tears Tuesday, Herold mourned the death of her beloved chimp and expressed concern for her friend.

“He was all I had,” Herold said outside her home.

She painfully recounted how she stabbed her 15-year-old chimp with a butcher’s knife, trying to stop the attack.

Cops shot and killed the rampaging primate when he cornered them in a squad car.

“To do what I did, it was the worst thing in the world,” said Herold, a widow whose only daughter died in a car accident.

“He was my kid ... I never left the house without kissing him goodbye.”

Er, no, he was an animal with the strength of ten men, something set him off, and he had to be put down. Even Roy was attacked by one of his own tigers. I’m sorry for this woman’s loss, but it does seem that we tend to anthromorphize animals a little too much in our society.

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 02/18/09 at 09:45 PM (Discuss this in the forums)

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Posted by on 02/18/09 at 11:20 PM from Germany

I did some reading on chimps a few years back and came to the conclusion that nobody in their right mind would keep one of the insane fucking animals outside of a cage.

Sure, they start out cute and friendly, but they are generally evil fucking things when they get older, and much like a pit bull, can go off for no reason at all.  And guess what else?  They are a lot fucking stronger than you are, have no inhibitions against extreme violence, and you actually qualify as food to them.  What they do to each other in the wild should be enough to scare the crap out of you.

If you feel that you absolutely have to have a pet ape, you might want to consider an orangutan instead.  Still not safe, but generally has a better disposition than a chimpanzee.

Of course, if you had any fucking sense you’d get a cat or a dog - you know, something that has been bred for the last 10,000 years to be a pet/companion....

Posted by on 02/18/09 at 11:41 PM from Germany

Sure, they start out cute and friendly, but they are generally evil fucking things when they get older, and much like a pit bull, can go off for no reason at all.  And guess what else?  They are a lot fucking stronger than you are, have no inhibitions against extreme violence, and you actually qualify as food to them.  What they do to each other in the wild should be enough to scare the crap out of you.

I saw one of those National Geographic specials on them several years ago, and it was eye-opening.  Even gorillas by comparison are fairly mild-mannered.  Watching a gang of chimps surround and attack a spider monkey was absolutely astonishing because they were so ruthless about it.

If you feel that you absolutely have to have a pet ape, you might want to consider an orangutan instead.

2-year old orangs are capable of crushing golf balls with their bare hands.  No way in hell am I getting close to one of those either.

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 02/18/09 at 11:44 PM from United States

Sure, they start out cute and friendly, but they are generally evil fucking things when they get older

They can be very tempermental, and territorial. Also, on the flip side, I believe gorillas are in fact quite timid creatures in the wild.

Posted by chrisbg99 on 02/19/09 at 12:04 AM from Germany

Watching a gang of chimps surround and attack a spider monkey was absolutely astonishing because they were so ruthless about it.

That reminds me of an Anthropology class I took where professor told us that they were trying to make a documentary to present chimpanzees as peaceful herbivores but instead caught them in the act of killing a spider monkey. Wonder if that is the same documentary.

Sadly, we live in a country where far too many people think of the natural world as some Disney movie in the vein of Bambi or the Lion King.

Posted by on 02/19/09 at 07:04 AM from United States

Reminds me of this story:
http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Northeast/10/04/nyc.tiger/

Posted by on 02/19/09 at 09:08 PM from United States

Researchers who work with chimps have to keep contact to a minimum/nonexistent now because chimps learn quickly that they’re much stronger than humans. And then attack the humans. And then mutilate/kill them. This woman is ridiculous.

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