KY Expert Talks About Chimp Dangers

The owner of a 200 pound chimp who mauled a person in Connecticut this week, now says the she never gave him the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

Sandra Herold says she never gave the drug to her chimp, Travis, who was shot dead by police Monday after he brutally attacked Herold's friend Charla Nash who is now fighting for her life.

In Kentucky you will only find 11 chimps in captivity, not in homes rather safe at a center in Nicholasville.

April Truitt knows primates belong in the wild, she just wishes that others could understand the same.

"They are possibly the worst pets one could ever want and they really don't belong in people's backyards or basements."

But they often do, like 15 year old Travis, a ticking time bomb who Truitt says finally exploded this week in Connecticut attacking his owner's friend.

Truitt says she contacted Travis' owner Sandra Herald in 2003 after a very high profile incident involving the chimp.

She blames incidents like the one involving Travis the chimp on the pet trade in this country.

"The pet trade in the past decade has been very lucrative selling a lot of animals to people who have no business having them.

Truitt says nationwide there are about 225 chimpanzees living in private homes.


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  • by Jeb Location: KY on Feb 19, 2009 at 09:41 AM
    My head hurts Zatoichi...stop it! Thanks for the laugh!
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Feb 19, 2009 at 07:56 AM
    Jeb, the man-chimp wore overalls in a picture I saw of him. obviously any doctor after seeing the 20/20 expose of Appalchia EKY would think he was a hillbilly needing his Xanax and Oxycontion scripts filled. The man-chimp was very intelligent and probably forged the scripts.
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Feb 19, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    I also heard on the news this morning that the woman who owned the chimp let the chimp sleep in bed with her...ewwwwww! So first she was monkeying around and then the chimp went ape sh*t? Note for "so tired" how do you think the chimp got the Xanax??? She gave it to him...duh! It's not like he drove to the pharmacy and placed an order with a doctor's prescription or do you think that is how it happened?
  • by so tired Location: kentucky on Feb 19, 2009 at 03:30 AM
    I'm so tired of hearing about this story...yes I feel sorry for the woman who got hurt, but the one who owned it should be charged. How in the world did the chimp get the Xanax is what I want to know. Its obvious that she was not able to care for it.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Feb 19, 2009 at 03:23 AM
    I can see this replacing the 'going postal' tagline now. Just 'going Chimp'. The folks at the post office can now go back to raising stamp prices without the 'going postal' bringing them down.

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