He was subsequently shot dead upon the arrival of the police after he tried to attack an officer. October 21, 1995, at Mike and Connie Braun Casey’s tony the tow truck pdf, currently named the Missouri Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
In a separate incident, Travis’ mother Suzy was shot and killed following an escape in 2001. Sandra and Jerome Herold adopted Travis when he was three days old. Travis was the Herolds’ constant companion and would often accompany them to work and on their shopping excursions in town. Travis would pose for photos at the shop and ride with the tow truck, his seatbelt buckled and wearing a baseball shirt. Travis became well known in the town and had been known to greet police officers they would encounter when towing cars. Having grown up among people, Travis had been socialized to humans since birth.
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 listened better than my nephews”, the neighbor said, after Travis had mauled Nash. I just don’t know why he would do that”. Travis had also driven a car on several occasions. Sandra Herold regarded Travis almost as a son and pampered him. Sandra slept and bathed with Travis, saying, “I’m, like, hollow now.
He slept with me every night. Until you’ve eaten with a chimp and bathed with a chimp, you don’t know a chimp. They attack faces and other projections of the body, biting and pulling with their hands and feet. The 2009 incident became an international news story. Shortly after the attack, a woman who had lived in the same area as Herold came forward with information that back in 1996 the chimpanzee had bitten her hand and tried to pull her into a vehicle as she greeted him. She claimed to have complained to the Herolds and to police. The police stated they have no record of any such complaint.
In October 2003, Travis escaped from the Herolds’ car and held up traffic at a busy intersection, and was on the loose for several hours. The incident began after a pedestrian threw something at the car that went through a partially open window and struck Travis while they were stopped at a traffic light. 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 2004, and as of Travis’s death, no one in the state had applied to adopt a chimpanzee.
The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection did not enforce the law on the Herolds because they had owned 200-pound Travis for so long and because the DEP did not believe Travis posed a public safety risk. On February 16, 2009, Travis attacked Sandra Herold’s 55-year-old friend Charla Nash, inflicting devastating injuries to her face and limbs. Nash holding one of his favorite toys, Travis immediately attacked her. Travis was familiar with Nash, who had also worked at the Herolds’ towing company, although Nash had a different hair style at the time of the attack. The chimp turned around, she said, as if to say, “‘Mom, what did you do?
The ape was angered more. 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.