Charla Nash 55, did her first interview today on the Oprah Winfrey show after she had been mauled on Febuary 16,2009 by her friend Sandra Herold’s, 70, pet chimp Travis whom she had raised as her child. Travis was eventually shot to death by police.
Charla Nash was mauled by her friends 200 lb chimp after she stepped out of her car to assist her friend in getting the aggitated chimp back inside. Charla today still remains in the Cleveland Clinic where she’s been recovering for the past 9 months.
Although Charla Nash says she doesn’t remember any part of the attack and doesn’t want to. A really nerve pounding account of what she does remember about Travis always being scary: a quote from her Oprah interview :
“One time he was running around the yard and swinging off the trees of the house, and he jumped on my back and he pulled a big hunk of hair out of my head,” she says. “I had tears in my eyes and [Sandra] was laughing and I told her, ‘It hurts.'”
Charla says shes getting stronger and healthier everyday and what she misses most is spending time with her 17 year old daughter. Charla says she wears a veil now so that she doesn’t scare others. And her message to others is that exotic animals shouldn’t be made pets and are very dangerous. Authorities say that Travis the Chimp was believed to have had the Lyme Tic disease.
Nash is suing Sandra Herold for 50 million.
To Read Her full Oprah interview: http://www.oprah.com/article/oprahshow/20091111-tows-charla-nash-chimp
To Read Charla Nash Story on chimp attack NYTimes News: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/18/nyregion/18chimp.html?_r=1