UPDATE: Woman Mauled By Chimpanzee Moved To Undisclosed Location

The Connecticut woman critically injured this week by a rampaging chimpanzee has been transferred from her hospital to an undisclosed location.

Scott Orstad, spokesman for Stamford Hospital, says 55-year-old Charla Nash remains in critical condition. He says patient privacy laws prevented him from saying where Nash is now being treated.

Nash suffered massive injuries to her face and hands on Monday when she was attacked by a 200-pound chimpanzee owned by her good friend, Sandra Herold. Police don't know what triggered the attack.

Four teams of surgeons operated for more than seven hours to stabilize Nash's condition. Doctors say she had shown slight improvement Wednesday.

The 14-year-old chimp, named Travis, was shot and killed by police Monday.



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The owner of a 200-pound chimpanzee that mauled a woman in Connecticut begged police to shoot the animal, crying that her beloved pet was ripping her friend apart.

Police in Stamford released 911 tapes of Sandra Herold's desperate call to police as her 14-year-old chimp was attacking 55-year-old Charla Nash on Monday.

The chimp can be heard 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!"

The attack lasted about 12 minutes. The chimp, named Travis, also tried to attack police when they arrived, but officers fatally shot him.

Nash is hospitalized in critical condition. Authorities say she has "life-altering" injuries to her face and hands.


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  • by anonymous on Mar 8, 2009 at 05:13 AM
    im sick of hearing animals treated better than humans, my coworkers can bring there dogs to work but i cant bring my child when i can't find care for them on all those stupid little holidays they get off? who cares about the chimp, the woman shouldn't have had that thing in the house in the first place...200 pounds, she might as well have been attacked by a human being! come on people!
  • by anonymous Location: boston on Mar 8, 2009 at 05:08 AM
    i feel so badly for both woman however animals will be animals, they can turn on you at any moment and in no way can ever be as domesticated as human beings. i know there are many animals lovers in this country but i believe everyone on this page would have done the same if they were in this same scenario, no matter how close or long the animal has been with the family. And someone mentioned using a tranquilizer gun or tazor, once the chimp woke up you think they would turn it back to the wild to live happily ever after? They would have put it to sleep just as they've done with many other animals deemed too dangerous or unable to find care for. So lets not be so harsh on the police or the owner, it would have been done at some point without our hearing about it. My prayers go to them.
  • by Lisa Location: a on Feb 27, 2009 at 07:33 AM
    what do u expect - when you take an animal from the jungle...(where he/she belongs) I feel extremely bad for the victim, but my feelings go out for the chimp - who's life was taken for granted =(
  • by Anonymous Location: tampa on Feb 24, 2009 at 07:26 AM
    I feel so bad for the women mauled... this is a life altering event. She lost her eyes, chin, nose, hands... her life will never be the same. We can only pray for her
  • by tj Location: eastern nc on Feb 21, 2009 at 01:43 PM
    How can you folks joke about this? A woman was severely mauled and a chimp was killed. It's terrible for both sides.
  • by james Location: enc on Feb 21, 2009 at 11:46 AM
    This proves that exotic animals need to be in the wild or in zoos handled by professional people. Not everyday run-of-the-mill public citizens. And yes this owner should be charged by the police and charged a fee by the city for the police response.
  • by Mike on Feb 20, 2009 at 07:22 PM
    I once had a pet mountain lion but it snored so loud at night and ate half of my couch so I had to let it go.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 20, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    It's chimps, not chips, genius.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 20, 2009 at 07:40 AM
    First of all this goes to show that humans think they are superior to all. Why is that chip not in the wild living with his family? He would have lived a much better life if HUMANS would have let him stay in his natural environment. To all you Pit Bull Haters-What do yall want to do now? Kill all the chips because they are such a danger. That's how arrogant all of you all sound!!!!!!
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 19, 2009 at 09:16 PM
    WITN, get with it...she is in Cleveland. It isn't a secret.
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