I haven’t posted an ape-attack story in a long time (ook!), so here’s the sad story of the Connecticut policeman who had to shoot Travis, an enraged, 200-lb. chimp, to death last year. Travis, you may recall, had mauled a friend of his owner.
It’s a little Reno 911!-like to visualize the chimp actually opening the police car’s driver-side door, while Officer Chiafari was in the car, but his description of the scene and the Ms. Nash’s wounds is downright horrifying, so don’t click through if you’ve got a weak stomach.
Even as Officer C. struggles with PTSD and depression, I think we can all learn from his closing words:
â€œI consider [Travis] a victim,â€ he said. â€œHe should have been in the jungle where heâ€™s supposed to be. Not in a house drinking wine and taking Xanax.â€
Sometimes I feel that way myself. Then I switch to gin and Ambien. Ook!