Chimpanzee Rips Off Woman's Face. Down to Xanax apperently.

By drone76 · Feb 17, 2009 · ·
  1. drone76
    What is 'Xanax laced tea'?

    I'm very sorry for asking, but I've found here


    "...His owner, Sandra Herold, 70, had called a friend over to help since “Travis” was misbehaving. He had taken the keys to the car. The chimp was also trying to open car doors, which he apparently did to indicate he wanted to go for a ride. Herold was able to coax Travis back to the house and she gave him some Xanax laced tea, said police..."

    The Google doesn't answer me :s

    So, what is 'Xanax laced tea'? And what side effects it had?
    Thank you beforehand.

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  1. Stephenwolf
    Re: What is 'Xanax laced tea'?

    it is Tea, With Xanax mixed into it. To try to calm the animal. Xanax is a drug similar in effect to valium.
  2. drone76
  3. Waste
    Re: What is 'Xanax laced tea'?

    ...not to sound like a dick, but was that not blatantly obviouse from the start?
  4. cannabis-sam
    [h1]'Help! My chimpanzee is killing my friend'[/h1]

    [​IMG] The frantic owner of a pet chimpanzee that attacked her visitor begged police: "Hurry, please! He ripped her face off"

    Police in Stamford released tapes of Sandra Herold's desperate call to police Monday as her 15-year-old chimp, Travis, was attacking 55-year-old Charla Nash.

    The chimp can be heard grunting at times on the tape, as Herold cries, "He's killing my friend!"

    The dispatcher says, "Who's killing your friend?"

    Herold replies, "My chimpanzee! He ripped her apart! Shoot him, shoot him!"

    After police arrive, one officer radios back: "There's a man down. He doesn't look good," he says, referring to the disfigured Nash. "We've got to get this guy out of here. He's got no face."

    The chimp attacked Nash as Herold, 70, frantically stabbed her beloved pet with a butcher knife and pounded him with a shovel.

    "He looked at me like, 'Mom, what did you do?"' Herold told NBC's "Today Show" in an interview aired Wednesday. "It was horrific what happened and I had to do what I had to do, but still, I'll miss him for the rest of my life."

    Nash remained was in critical condition with major injuries to her face and hands.

    Police said they are looking into the possibility of criminal charges. A pet owner can be held criminally responsible if he or she knew or should have known that an animal was a danger to others.

    Police said that the chimp was agitated earlier Monday and that Herold had given him the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in some tea. Police said the drug had not been prescribed for the 14-year-old chimp.

    In humans, Xanax can cause memory loss, lack of coordination, reduced sex drive and other side effects. It can also lead to aggression in people who were unstable to begin with, said Dr. Emil Coccaro, chief of psychiatry at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

    "Xanax could have made him worse," if human studies are any indication, Coccaro said.

    Investigators said they were also told that Travis had Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness with flu-like symptoms that can lead to arthritis and meningitis in humans.

    "Maybe from the medications he was out of sorts," Stamford police Capt. Richard Conklin said.

    Nash had gone to Herold's home in Stamford on Monday to help her coax the chimp back into the house after he got out, police said. After the animal lunged at Nash when she got out of her car, Herold ran inside to call the police emergency line and returned with a knife.

    After the initial attack, Travis ran away and started roaming Herold's property until police arrived, setting up security so medics could reach the critically injured woman, Conklin said.

    But the chimpanzee returned and went after several of the officers, who retreated into their cars, Conklin said. An officer shot Travis several times after the animal opened the door to his cruiser and started to get in.

    The wounded chimpanzee fled into the house and retreated to his living quarters, where he died.

    Herold, a widow whose daughter was killed in a car accident several years ago, told the Today Show that the incident was "a freak thing."

    She said Travis "couldn't have been more my son than if I gave birth to him," and rejected criticism that chimpanzees are inappropriate pets.

    "It's a horrible thing, but I'm not a horrible person and he's not a horrible chimp." she said.

    The unexplained attack was uncharacteristic of Travis, a veteran of TV commercials who could eat at the table, drink wine from a stemmed glass, use the toilet, and dress and bathe himself.

    Don Mecca, a family friend from Colchester, New York, said Herold fed the chimp steak, lobster, ice cream and Italian food.

    Travis brushed his teeth with a Water Pik, logged on to a computer to look at photos and channel-surfed television with the remote control.

    Colleen McCann, a primatologist at the Bronx Zoo, said chimpanzees are unpredictable and dangerous even after living among humans for years.

    "I don't know the effects of Lyme disease on chimpanzees, but I will say that it's deceiving to think that if any animal is, quote-unquote, well-behaved around humans that means there is no risk involved to humans for potential outbursts of behavior," she said. "They are unpredictable, and in instances like this you cannot control that behavior or prevent it from happening if it is in a private home."

    When he was younger, Travis starred in TV commercials for Old Navy and Coca-Cola, made an appearance on the "Maury Povich Show" and took part in a television pilot, according to a 2003 story in The Advocate newspaper of Stamford.


    By John Christoffersen, AP

    Wednesday, 18 February 2009
  5. Stephenwolf
    Re: What is 'Xanax laced tea'?

    it seemed so to me as well, but the OP seemed confused on it all so i answered the question.
  6. polidelaiko
    Re: What is 'Xanax laced tea'?

    It seems that the xanax didn't calm the monkey very much....
  7. Stephenwolf
    Re: What is 'Xanax laced tea'?

    the lady has taken back the xanax part... she now saysshe didn't give the chimp any.
  8. Potter
    Re: What is 'Xanax laced tea'?

    Slipping the chimp a micky. Would YOU want to put a pill in the mouth of an upset chimp? Have you seen their fangs? A chimp can severely fuck a person up.
  9. pinksox
    Re: What is 'Xanax laced tea'?

    Many human drugs can have paradoxical, untoward (unwanted and unpredictable) effects in other species... even closely-related ones.
  10. RaverHippie
    Re: What is 'Xanax laced tea'?

    Interestingly enough, benzos can be prescribed by a vet for pets.
  11. pinksox
    Re: What is 'Xanax laced tea'?

    True enough. But Xanax comes with a warning for veterinary usage that it may cause aggression...especially in animals predisposed to already being aggressive. Benzo-provoked aggression in primates is thought to result from their disinhibition effects...the same reason people do stupid shit on benzos, LOL.

    Access to the Drug Info sheet can also be accessed from there in PDF form.

    My guess is if she gave it and is now denying such, it's because it was a personal prescription and not prescribed for Travis by a vet...or, of course, the press may have just initially reported it wrong. Not like they never do that, right? *eyeroll*
  12. oggy
    Re: What is 'Xanax laced tea'?

    Pinksox, is that a picture of a shaved scrotum in your avatar?

    Anyway benzo's can chill SWIM out but if SWIM gets angry on bezos he can become extremely violent. SWIM smashed his own house up when his ex started shouting at SWIM on larozepam, you know those 2" kitchen worktops? SWIM thumped down on his kitchen/breakfast bar table with both fists and broke it clean off as if it was polystyrene in a fit of rage. Somehow SWIM's father calmed him down and took him away, SWIM would have just kept smashing the place up. Later the police took SWIM away to his mothers house (wish they just locked SWIM up for the weekend). Next day SWIM woke up angry that his ex was still in his house so left (SWIM's mother couldn't stop him) and was on the way to his house but SWIM's mother phoned him and convinced him to go to my fathers house were he had been staying, when he got there he discovered he had been looked out so he just smashed my way in and destroyed his house too. SWIM smashed a brick through the front double glassing window and just dived head first through it. SWIM is glad that no one got hurt, well not physically.

    So yes, an angry chip on benzo's would be something to run away from.
  13. pinksox
    Re: What is 'Xanax laced tea'?

    ROFL. No, actually it's SWIM's foot in a pink sock. But, now that you mention it...

    And, yeah, SWIM has done some fucked up things on benzo's as well. Not really violent...but SWIM certainly understands this disinhibition component.
  14. oggy
    Re: What is 'Xanax laced tea'?

    LMAO, yeah, now I can see just its a foot in a sock.
  15. Waste
    Re: What is 'Xanax laced tea'?

    SWIM learnt this the hard way when he tried xanax for the first time the other day, he somehow thought it would be a good idea to go and blaize a joint in his parents bathroom, and then just leave everything on the side in there *facepalm*
  16. pinksox
    Re: What is 'Xanax laced tea'?

    LOL. Apparently, we need a thread entitled, "The Disinhibition Effect of Benzos...and the stupid shit SWIM's have done on them."
  17. MarkyMayhem
    Anyone heard the 911 tapes?
    HORRIBLE..... it sounded like a horror movie...
  18. bubbly nubs
    This is awful. I feel equally sorry for the chimp as I do for the person who got mauled.
  19. cigol
    very sad indeed
  20. Potter
    Owner Shared Bed and Took Baths With Chimpanzee From Connecticut Attack
    AP Press
    Friday, February 20, 2009

    STAMFORD, Connecticut — Travis the chimpanzee's relationship with his owner was closer than those of some married couples.

    Sandra Herold gave him the finest food, and wine in long-stemmed glasses. They took baths together and cuddled in the bed they shared. Travis brushed the lonely widow's hair each night and pined for her when she was away.

    If she left the house alone, Travis would give her a kiss.


    "If I left with someone Travis would get upset," Herold said Wednesday.

    Experts say the unusually human relationship would have been confusing for any animal. It may have also played a role in Travis' savage attack Monday on Herold's friend, 55-year-old Charla Nash of Stamford.

    "This is a crazy relationship," said Stephen Rene Tello, executive director of Primarily Primates, a sanctuary for chimps in Texas. "He was probably very bonded with her. I can kind of see it in his eyes this is his surrogate mother."

    And chimps like 14-year-old Travis, who was shot and killed by police, protect their mates and turf.

    "If there is another person entering his space, he might consider it a threat to his territory, or even his mate," Tello said.

    Police say Travis attacked Nash when she arrived at the house to help lure the chimp back into Herold's house. Herold speculated that Travis was being protective of her and attacked Nash because she had a different hairstyle, was driving a different car and held a stuffed toy in front of her face to get the chimp's attention.

    Nash suffered massive injuries to her face and hands, requiring more than seven hours of surgery by four teams of doctors to stabilize her. She was transferred in critical condition Thursday to the Cleveland Clinic, which two months ago performed the nation's first successful face transplant.

    Hospital officials say Nash is being treated for her injuries and it's unknown if she will be a candidate for a face transplant.

    Monday's attack was not the first time Travis bit someone, a former Stamford resident now living in Atlanta said Thursday.

    Leslie Mostel Paul told The Associated Press the chimp grabbed her hand and bit it hard enough to draw blood in 1996, while the animal was sitting in Herold's car in a Stamford office parking lot. Paul said she had tried to shake Travis' hand after Herold gave her permission to say hello.

    Paul described Herold as being more aggravated than upset about the incident, and said she had to get rabies shots because Herold was slow in producing Travis' medical records.

    "My impression was she was more like, 'Oh, this is gonna be a pain in the neck,"' Paul said.

    Paul said she reported the incident to police but received no follow-up calls.

    "I told them this was serious," said Paul, who spoke by phone from New York, where she was visiting relatives. "If it was a child, it could have ripped the hand off or an arm out a socket."

    In an earlier interview on NBC's "Today" show, Paul said, "I honestly believe if they had followed through, maybe the laws would have been changed sooner and this other woman wouldn't be in the hospital, fighting for her life now."

    Herold did not return a call seeking comment Thursday about Paul's claims. Police say they have no record of complaints, aside from a 2003 incident where Travis escaped from a vehicle and led police on a two-hour downtown chase before he was caught.

    Authorities have not said whether Herold will face criminal charges. Connecticut state law allowed her to own the chimp as a pet, though several state leaders are calling for tighter restrictions in the wake of Monday's attack.

    Herold, who was known to buckle Travis in her car for rides and dress him in baseball shirts, tried to rescue Nash by stabbing Travis and hitting him with a shovel. "I stabbed something I raised as a son," she said Wednesday.

    It's not known why the chimp suddenly attacked. Herold has given differing accounts on whether she treated the agitated chimp with Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug that had not been prescribed for him. She has also said it suffered from Lyme disease. A test for rabies was negative and results from a necropsy won't be available for weeks.

    Lynn DellaBianca, a former Stamford animal control officer, said Thursday that she warned Herold after the 2003 incident that the pet's behavior was worrisome and that she needed to make sure he was kept under control.

    "Certainly my concern was for public safety," DellaBianca told The Associated Press. "Male chimpanzees once they reach maturity can be aggressive. I'm sure I did express that to her."

    Herold told her she expected to eventually have to give up the chimp, DellaBianca said.

    "She did say that herself. She knew someone day he would probably have to go to a sanctuary," DellaBianca said. "She knew chimpanzees, they can get more difficult to handle as they get older."

    Mental health professionals say a strong bond between pet owners and their animals is generally good because it can be therapeutic and comforting. The boundaries get blurred, though, when owners treat the animals like humans rather than pets, and expect a reciprocal relationship similar to what they would have with a family member.

    David Baron, professor and chairman of the Temple University School of Medicine's psychiatry department, said in cases such as Herold's, the grief of losing loved ones could have made it easy for her to view Travis as a surrogate child and friend. Her husband died in 2004 and her only daughter was killed in a car accident several years ago.

    "I wouldn't say that she shouldn't have a pet, but this may be something that should be looked at as part of a grief reaction that's beyond normal," he said.

    Earl Mason, whose son married Herold's daughter, remembers when Herold got Travis. The chimp would ride a tricycle.

    "He grew up like a youngster," Mason said. "He did everything a kid would do. He was a cute little guy."

    Travis loved ice cream and even knew the schedules of the ice cream trucks, Mason said. He ate breakfast at the table with Herold and her husband.

    But even when the chimp was a baby, Mason was amazed at his strength. When Travis would jump on him, Mason said he would slam into his chest.

    "To me he was beating the crap out of me," Mason said. "He had just tremendous strength."

    Don Mecca, a family friend, said Herold knew chimps became more difficult to handle as they get older, but she had a hard time parting with her beloved pet.

    "Sandy would always say he would will himself to die if they were separated," Mecca said.

    Mecca was reluctant to criticize his friend.

    "I think he was lost," Mecca said of Travis. "He belongs in the jungle with the rest of them."


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