Celebrity Chimp Goes on Rampage, Is Shot Dead
Travis seemed rehabilitated, and appeared in TV commercials for Old Navy and Coca-Cola. But it was reported that he had become a wine drinker and a user of the internet, which has deformed many another sterling character. Yesterday the 200-pound
monkey ape got into "a rambunctious mood," Sandra Herold told the Times, took the keys to his house and let himself out. This time, as he tried local car doors, presumably seeking a ride, Herold called a family friend, Charla Nash, to come over and give Travis some Xanax tea. It is suspected that Nash's change in hairstyle made her difficult for Travis to recognize; maybe he was just fed up. He attacked and critically injured Nash, chewing on her face. After trying to resolve the situation herself with a kitchen knife, Herold called the cops. Stamford Police Captain Richard Conklin responded and Travis climbed into a cop car and started attacking an officer, who responded with gunfire.
Travis made a last run for freedom, but was later discovered in
a local wooded area his home, having succumbed to his injuries.
As often happens with celebrities, some are making excuses for Travis. "May it serve as a reminder to us all that some animals are not meant to and cannot be domesticated," says Fame Watcher, and a Lyme Disease site suggests Travis' recent bout with the illness, or the medication he was taking for it, may have influenced his judgment. Revised 10:30 a.m. Photo via TV Guide.