Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Celebrity chimpanzee shot to death after mauling woman

People are always so shocked when wild animals behave like wild animals.

The victim of a chimpanzee attack remains in critical condition following a biting and mauling attack in Stamford, Connecticut on Monday.

Connecticut police say the 200-pound chimp, named Travis, bit and mauled 55-year old Charla Nash, who had come to help her friend restrain the animal.
Chimpanzees simply do not make good pets.

Keeping a chimpanzee as a pet is not a rewarding experience for the chimp or the people. It is a journey that begins with the separation of the baby from its mother and often ends with the chimp in solitary confinement for over 40 years.

There is no doubt that chimpanzee babies are adorable, and we can understand why people want them as pets. But buying a chimp comes at a price way beyond the $30,000 to $40,000 you'll need to purchase a chimp. Babies sold in the pet trade are taken from their mothers at birth, which can be traumatic for the mother and the baby. Chimp babies soon grow out of their adorable stage and become dangerous and destructive.

They have minds of their own, and if they want to tip over the fridge and eat all of its contents, or just run around tearing down curtains, they will. As the chimp who was once a helpless baby grows into adulthood, they will become seven times stronger than you are, able to cause serious injury.
Seriously, what on earth was a 200 pound chimpanzee doing living in a house in Connecticut?

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