Woman Attacked By Chimpanzee Says She Warned Owner

A Connecticut woman who was attacked by a 200-pound chimpanzee says she repeatedly warned the animal's owner that the primate was dangerous and could hurt someone.

In a telephone interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, Charla Nash said she saw the chimpanzee throw large objects around his cage, flash his teeth and pound the bars so violently his hands would bleed and the cage had to be rewelded.

Nash, who appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Wednesday, said she told the owner, Sandra Herold, eight or 10 times he was dangerous.

The Feb. 16 attack occurred when Herold asked her friend Nash to help lure the animal back into her house in Stamford. The chimpanzee ripped off Nash's hands, nose, lips and eyelids.

Herold's attorney could not be reached on his cell phone Wednesday night.


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 12, 2009 at 10:42 PM
    I would ordinarily say that a fair amount of compensation is due for such serious injury, but... I have to wonder what difference $200 million would make that $50 million wouldnt... or even half that. No amount of money will really fix anything, in all honesty. I heard something about her hoping for hand and face transplant but, I havent done any reading to know exactly how much can be done of that nature in this day and age. Nerves are really complex structures. She could be thinking of the costs for that in the future, but... what money-grubbing and heartless surgeon would need that much? My God. I have yet to understand the process by which a figure is decided upon in most lawsuits.
  • by Cindi Location: Simpson on Nov 12, 2009 at 03:56 PM
    So if she warned this woman,why on earth did she go to help get him back in the cage?She is mangeled up but using it also as a cash register.It's HER fault as well,she put her own life in that situation.
  • by Tracy Location: NB on Nov 12, 2009 at 11:59 AM
    I don't care if the owner raised the animal from the time it was a baby--a wild animal should be left in the wild not caged up. Being caged will make them crazy and cause nervous conditions that make them act out.
  • by catfisher Location: washington on Nov 12, 2009 at 08:34 AM
    I feel the neighbor is definitely liable for damages, but as long as she was complying with any state ordinances concerning having the chimp then the state should not be held liable in any way. I agree with Cactus that the state is being sued because the attorney feels they'll get more money.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 12, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    One lawsuit is 50mill against the owner. The other lawsuit is 150mill against the state. The chimp had Xanax in it's system but they "don't know whether the drug played a role in the attack"(?!) - I'd say the reason it was on Xanax is what played a role. A biologist had warned state officials of the danger, so sure, they should have stepped in before this happened BUT... I too have to ask why this woman decided to get anywhere near it, already knowing these things. It had grabbed her a few times & had ripped out some of her hair before. I feel bad for her injuries, it's terrible... but why... why would anyone ignore the obvious? She stated she was afraid of it. The tragedy in this is that it didn't have to happen.
  • by going bananas Location: ????? on Nov 11, 2009 at 09:44 PM
    where did it say she was going to sue the state...she was ignorant to help in the first place...the one to be sued is her for stupitdy...if she knew the animal was dangerous she should have not helped...and called animal control instead...
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Nov 11, 2009 at 06:10 PM
    "She warned the owner", yet she tried to help cage the animal, and now wants to sue the state, Why sue the state, oh they are the ones with money.
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