Chimp Attack in Connecticut!

by Ryan on February 17, 2009

in Anything Else,Culture,Pop Culture

A Connecticut woman was brutally attacked yesterday in Stamford by an angry chimp.  Here’s the story:

I wonder if the people in Spain will get Amnesty International to file human rights violations against the cop who shot the chimp?  Sounds silly, but we’ll see– read the link.

Chimps are very intelligent creatures who can learn quickly and have complex emotions like this chimp, Travis; they shouldn’t be household pets for this very reason — they are capable of deep affection, and could potentially murder someone in a way that, say, a cat wouldn’t!  I like chimps and those chimp shows on TV, but opposable thumbs in smaller brained creatures can cause unexpected havoc, like we saw in this case.  In the future people should try to keep Donkey Kong out of our neighborhoods.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

rightonoz February 17, 2009 at 7:46 pm

The whole idea of keeping a Chimp as a pet is stupidity in the extreme.

Contrary to the screen image of Chimps as lovable animals, in the wild they are very brutal. While a family unit is working everything is great, but if a family member breaks the group rules the result is expulsion at best and murder most often. Expulsion is also a death sentence as, unless the expelled member is a female, once it crosses into another group’s territory the result is death.

Stangely enough there is a geographic region in Africa, within which the Chimps (some say it is a relative species) have a much more co-operative and gentle society.

So close to human societies it’s not funny!


Ryan February 17, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Hey Oz,

I think you’re talking about the bonobo chimps in the last part of your commentary. I’ve seen shows with them using simple computer programs and having a peaceful lifestyle compared to other chimps. They’re a little bit smaller, but are very serene. The reason why they don’t get much play is that they have quick sex every time they say hello — even when the males say hi to each other! Not the kind of stuff National Geographic likes to show in primetime!


Joe February 18, 2009 at 12:18 am

a CNN commentator made a good point about the impossibility of ever truly domesticating a wild animal, no matter how much a person might want it to to be domesticated


rightonoz February 18, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Hey Ryan,

I guess the standard Chimps sound a little like Texans, and the Bonobo come from San Francisco!


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