Family of Chimp Attack Victim Seeking $50 Million


The woman who was mauled by a chimpanzee last month has filed papers seeking $50 million from the animal’s owner. This is one of the steps before filing an official lawsuit against the owner. The legal papers are seeking a court order that prevent her from selling or mortgaging her assets, which include six pieces of property and her stake in a used car dealership.

The victim of the attack lost both of her hands, her nose, lips, and eyelids. She may also be blind and have brain damage after the attack in Stamford, Connecticut. She is still listed in critical condition at the Cleveland Clinic. The victim had gone to the owner’s house, who was a friend, to try to lure the chimp, named Travis, back into the house. When she arrived and stepped out of her car, the chimp rushed her and attacked her for nearly ten minutes before the police showed up. The chimp was ultimately shot and killed by the police. Authorities are still deciding whether to file criminal charges against the chimp’s owner.

Since the attack, two people have said the chimp bit them in 1996 and 1998, respectively. An animal control officer told the chimp’s owner after a 2003 escape that she needed to better control her pet since its behavior was worrisome. Furthermore, a woman who runs the Primate Rescue Center in Kentucky had pleaded with the chimp’s owner to consider placing the chimp in the rescue facility based on the dangers of keeping it in the house. The owner reportedly told the Primate Rescue Center, “You don’t know my Travis.”