Chimp-mauled woman gets $4mln in compensation

2012-11-30 08:21:37 GMT2012-11-30 16:21:37(Beijing Time)  SINA English

An American court has ruled that the woman who suffered from a severe attack of a pet chimpanzee at her friend’s house will receive $4 million in compensation after the chimp inflicted devastating injuries to her face and limbs.

In 2009, Charla Nash visited her friend at her house in Stamford, Connecticut, where she was attacked by an 80-kg male chimpanzee named Travis. The beast grievously mauled Mrs. Nash, blinding her while severing her nose, ears, both hands and severely lacerating her face. Police shot the crazed animal when it tried to attack officers in the car.

Local media said Travis was a highly socialized animal. The chimp was able to use bathroom and clean it teeth, ate at a table with the rest of the family, used the computer to browse for pictures and switched on TV with the help of a remote control.

The lawsuit was filed by Nash’s relatives since the woman was rendered disabled. Travis’s owner died of a heart disease in 2010. The Supreme Court has ruled to sell her property, including a house and a car, to pay for the victim’s rehab.

Following the brutal attack, the US Congressed banned primates as pets.

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