Sunday August 5, 2012

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Legal documents show an out-of-control chimpanzee that mauled a Connecticut woman in 2009 escaped from his cage five months earlier, prompting his owner to ask that he be shot with a tranquilizer gun.

The Hartford Courant reports that Marcella Leone, owner of a private zoo in Greenwich, testified in a deposition that Sandra Herold, owner of Travis the chimpanzee, called to tell her he needed to be restrained.

Nobody got hurt in that incident. But lawyers for Charla Nash of , who was blinded in the attack and has had several surgeries including a face transplant, say the 2008 phone message was one of several warnings ignored by state officials. Police fatally shot the chimpanzee during the attack.

A hearing is scheduled for Friday on whether Nash may sue the state for $150 million in claimed damages.


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