In a separate incident, Travis' mother Suzy was shot and killed following an escape in Travis became well known in the town and had been known to greet police officers they would encounter when towing cars. A neighbor said he used to play around with Travis and wrestle with him.
He said the animal always knew when to stop and paid close attention to its owner. He logged onto the computer to look at pictures, watched television using a remote control, and brushed his teeth using a Water Pik. He slept with me every night.
Until you've eaten with a chimp and bathed with a chimp, you don't know a chimp. Shortly after the attack, a woman who had lived in the same area as Herold came forward with information that back in the chimpanzee had bitten her hand and tried to pull her into a vehicle as she greeted him. The police stated they have no record of any such complaint.
Startled, Travis unbuckled his seat belt, opened the car door and chased the man, but did not catch him. When police arrived, they lured the chimpanzee into the car several times only to have Travis let himself out of another door and occasionally chase the officers around the car.
The new law took effect in , and as of Travis's death, no one in the state had applied to adopt a chimpanzee. Travis had left the house with Sandra Herold's car keys, and Nash came to help get the chimp back in the house; upon seeing Nash holding one of his favorite toys, Travis immediately attacked her. The chimp turned around, she said, as if to say, "'Mom, what did you do?
Herold then called and pleaded for help. Travis' screams can be heard in the background of the tape as Sandra pleads for police, who initially believed the call to be a hoax, until she started screaming, "He's eating her! Travis walked up to the police car when it arrived, tried to open a locked passenger door, and smashed a side-view mirror.
Then he went calmly around to the driver's-side door and opened it, at which point Officer Frank Chiafari shot him several times. Travis retreated to the house, where he was found dead next to his cage. The hospital provided counseling to its staff members who initially treated her because of the extraordinary nature of Nash's wounds. Her injuries made her a possible candidate for an experimental face transplant surgery.
She was not at that time in physical pain from the attack, and family members said she hoped to leave the Cleveland Clinic soon. The hands transplant was successful, but because Nash developed pneumonia shortly thereafter, doctors were forced to remove her newly transplanted hands due to the infection and resulting poor circulation.
Herold had suffered a series of heartbreaking losses over the last several years, beginning with the death of her daughter who was killed in a car accident, then her husband, then her beloved chimp Travis, as well as the tragic maiming of friend and employee Charla Nash.
In the end, her heart, which had been broken so many times before, could take no more. She had asserted that officials knew the animal was dangerous but did nothing about it. In July , Nash's attorneys began efforts to appeal the court's decision. Sound from the original call, radio traffic from the police shooting of Travis, and the aftermath of the hunt were used in the episode. This led to legislation proposed in that would cover a police officer's compensation for mental or emotional impairment after he used justifiable deadly force to kill an animal.
A Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection DEP spokesman clarified that Travis was exempt because he did not appear to present a public health risk and was owned before the registration requirement began. Blumenthal subsequently sent letters to legislative leaders and the DEP Commissioner, asking them to support a proposed law that would ban all potentially dangerous exotic animals, such as chimpanzees, crocodiles, and venomous snakes, from being kept in a residential setting in Connecticut.
The DEP was seeking a similar law banning large primates and, after the incident, announced that it sought the help of the public, police officers, and animal control officers to report such pets to the agency.
Representative Earl Blumenauer introduced the Captive Primate Safety Act introduced on January 6, , which would have added monkeys, great apes , and lemurs to the list of "prohibited wildlife species" that cannot be sold or purchased through interstate and foreign sales. Mark Kirk , on February 23, He also claimed such attacks are relatively rare.