Friday, February 20, 2009
Monkey Attacks Woman
A massive ape lost control at his Connecticut owner's home today and mauled a woman's face before he was repeatedly stabbed by his horrified owner and eventually shot dead by police, authorities said.
Travis, a 200-pound primate, attacked the 55-year-old woman today in Stamford as she visited her friend and chimp owner Sandy Herold around 3:30 p.m, cops said.
When Herold saw what happening, she ran out of the house with a butcher knife and stabbed Travis numerous times.
Cops showed up and a bloodied Travis tried to open a door of the patrol car. When he discovered it was locked, he moved to the other side and ripped the mirror off.
One of the officers then shot Travis.
The 15-year-old chimp staggered back inside Herald's home, where he collapsed in a pool of blood.
The victim was taken to Stamford Hospital with severe facial injuries.
"It was a very brutal attack," said Stamford police Cpt. Richard Conklin, adding that the woman's "hands were mangled."