A Stamford Connecticut woman has been hospitalized in critical condition after being attacked at a friends' home by their pet 200 pound chimpanzee who had appeared in television commercials. Travis the Chimp attacked Charla Nash, 55, after she went to her friends house to help the her get the chimp back into the house. The chimp had used a key to get out of the house and after Nash's friend was unsuccessful in luring the chimp back into the house she had called Nash.
The Chimp attack occurred as soon as Nash got out of her car. It was also reported that the chimp's owner had a heart attack and was hospitalized.
Police were called to escort medical workers to the woman so they could treat her wounds and transport her to the hospital. Unfortunately, Travis attacked police upon their arrival and opened the car door where the they had tried to take cover. The officers were forced to shoot and kill Travis.
Travis's television career included TV commercials for CocaCola and Old Navy and an appearance on the Maury Povich Show.
Obviously, a chimpanzee attack is rare in the U.S., as most folks do not keep 200 pound chimps as pets.