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    (1995-February 16, 2009)
    Adopted at three days by Sandra and Jerome Herold of Stamford, Connecticut
    Appeared in commercials for Coca-Cola and Old Navy
    Attacked 55-year-old Charla Nash and was shot dead by police
    Leslie Mostel-Paul claims Travis bit her in 1996 and the incident was ignored by police.
    He escaped from the car he was riding in and held up traffic for several hours (2003).
    After the incident, the state passed a law banning residents from owning primates that weigh over 50 pounds, but it was never enforced against the Herolds.
    After the deaths of Jerome and their only child, Sandra Herold considered Travis her son and treated him like a human.
    During his rampage, he bit off Nash's nose and jaw, leaving her in critical condition.
    He was shot and killed trying to break into an officer's car.
    The New York Post reported the attack using the headline 'Furious George.'
    He was suffering from Lyme disease, which can cause mood swings, panic attacks and paranoia in humans.
    On the Today show, Herold said she tried to calm Travis down by slipping Xanax in his tea. In humans, Xanax can cause aggression in people who are already unstable.
    Herold tried to stop him from mauling Nash by hitting him with a shovel and stabbing him with a butcher knife.
    After the attack, the Humane Society called on Congress to pass the Captive Primate Safety Act to prohibit interstate and foreign sales of primates as pets.
    He served as a reminder that chimpanzees are wild animals, not pets. (Granted, most people don't need the reminder.)

Credit: C. Fishel

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