STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - The owner of a 200-pound domesticated
chimpanzee that went berserk and mauled a Connecticut woman has
changed her story on whether she gave the animal the anti-anxiety
Sandra Herold told the The Associated Press today that she
"never, ever" gave the drug to her 14-year-old chimp, Travis. The
animal on Monday attacked Herold's friend, 55-year-old Charla Nash,
leaving her severely injured.
Stamford police said Herold told them that she gave Travis Xanax
earlier on Monday to calm him because he was agitated. And in an
interview aired Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show she said she gave
the chimp some Xanax-laced tea "five minutes" before the attack -
she even showed a reporter the mug.
A University of Chicago doctor says the anti-anxiety drug can
lead to aggression in people who are unstable to begin with.