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Connecticut police shoot famous chimp February 16, 11:32 PM It was reported by the Associated Press that a once famous chimpanzee was shot and killed today by a police officer.The chimp reportedly used to be in commercials, including ads for Coca-Cola and Old Navy. Apparently, the chimp attacked a woman who was visiting his owner. The 200-pound chimp caused the woman to end up in the hospital in "'very serious' condition.
"The 15-year-old chimp, Travis, reportedly attacked the woman when she got out of her car. It was seemingly unprovoked.The chimps owner, Sandra Herold wrestled with the chimp to make him leave her friend alone. She eventually ran inside and called 911. After that she retrieved a butcher knife from the kitchen and ran back outside. She stabbed her pet, Travis, several times to get him to stop attacking the victim.When police arrived, they had position themselves so that rescue workers could get to the victim who was injured critically.
While this was going on, Travis chased officers into their cars.It was when Travis opened one of the car doors and attempted to climb in that an officer shot him several times. He reportedly ran off after being shot. Following the blood trail he left behind, police found Travis in the living quarters of the house where he eventually died of his wounds.Herold and two officers were hurt in the ordeal, though the extent of their injuries was not reported.Herold said that Travis was on medication for Lyme Disease and wondered if that played a role in his attack.
The following link leads to an article by Dr. Robert Bransfield concerning the psychiatric manifestations of Lyme Disease