Thursday, February 19, 2009

NY Post cartoon of dead chimpanzee refers to Obama???

See the cartoon here & decide yourself if there's other interpretation...The article, "NY Post cartoon of dead chimpanzee stirs outrage" says it right, actually.

More about the chimpanzee, Travis:

She fed the chimpanzee the finest food, and even wine.

They took baths together and cuddled in the bed they shared.

The chimp brushed her hair every night and pined for her when she was away.

When she left the house alone, it gave her a kiss. But when she left with someone, it would become jealous.

That was the intimate relationship Ms Sandra Herold shared with her 15-year-old chimpanzee, Travis.

Could this intimacy have caused the 90kg chimp to suddenly and savagely attack its owner's friend, MsCharla Nash, 55, on Monday in Stamford, Connecticut?

Experts believe it is possible, reported The Australian.

Travis was shot dead by the police, but not before badly mauling Ms Nash's face and hands. She is in critical but stable condition.

Experts say the unusually close relationship between Ms Herold and Travis would have been confusing for any animal.

'This is a crazy relationship,' said Mr Stephen Rene Tello, executive director of Texas chimp sanctuary, Primarily Primates.

'He was probably bonded with her. I can kind of see it in his eyes this is his surrogate mother.

'If there is another person entering his space, he might consider it a threat to his territory, or even his mate.'

Mental health professionals say a strong bond between pet owners and their animals is generally good as it can be therapeutic and comforting.

The boundaries get blurred, however, when owners treat the animals like humans rather than pets, and expect a reciprocal relationship.

Chimp like a surrogate child

Mr David Baron, chairman of the Temple University School of Medicine's psychiatry department, said in cases such as Ms Herold's, the grief of losing loved ones could have made it easy for her to view Travis as a surrogate child and friend.

Her husband died in 2004 and her only daughter was killed in a car accident several years ago.

Mr Baron said: 'I wouldn't say she shouldn't have a pet, but this may be something that should be looked at as part of a grief reaction that's beyond normal.'

Ms Herold had Travis, who once starred in TV commercials for Old Navy and Coca-Cola, since it was 31/2 years old.

She was known to buckle it in her car for rides and dress it in baseball shirts.

Travis was also toilet-trained, dressed itself, took its own bath, ate at the table and drank wine from a stemmed glass.

It also brushed its teeth, logged on to the computer to look at pictures, and watched TV using the remote control.

Mr Don Mecca, a family friend, said Ms Herold fed Travis steak, lobster, ice-cream and Italian food.

Night of attack

The widow had tried to rescue Ms Nash by stabbing the chimp with a kitchen knife and hitting it with a shovel.

'I stabbed something I raised as a son,' she said later.

'He couldn't have been more my son than if I'd given birth to him.'

She told NBC's Today Show: 'He looked at me like, 'Mom, what did you do?'

Mr Earl Mason, whose son married Ms Herold's daughter, recalled when Ms Herold got Travis. The chimp would ride a tricycle.

'He grew up like a youngster,' Mr Mason said. 'He did everything a kid would do. He was a cute little guy.'

But Mr Mason was amazed at Travis' strength even as a baby. When the chimp jumped on him, Mr Mason said it would slam into his chest.

Mr Mecca said Ms Herold knew chimps became more difficult to handle as they got older, but she could not bear to part with her beloved pet. And by most accounts, Travis was also well-behaved and well-trained.

But, Mr Mecca said: 'I think (Travis) was lost. He belongs in the jungle with the rest of them.'

And Ms Nash was not the first person Travis had attacked.

Ms Leslie Mostel Paul said that in 1996, the chimp had grabbed her hand and bit it until it bled.

Travis was sitting in Ms Herold's car in a parking lot. Ms Paul said she had tried to shake its hand after MsHerold gave her permission to say hello.

Ms Paul said she reported the incident to the police but got no follow-up calls.

'I told them this was serious,' she said. 'If it was a child, it could have ripped the hand off or an arm out of a socket.'

In an earlier interview with NBC television, she said: 'I honestly believe if they had followed through, maybe the laws would have been changed sooner and this other woman wouldn't be in the hospital, fighting for her life now.'

The police said they have no record of any complaint, apart from a 2003 incident in which Travis escaped from a vehicle and led police on a two-hour chase before it was caught.

It is not sure if Ms Herold will face criminal charges. Connecticut law allows her to own the chimp as a pet, though several state leaders are now calling for tighter restrictions.

But Ms Herold has lambasted the media for its portrayal of her relationship with Travis, reported Connecticut newspaper The Hartford Courant.

She had been described as a 'lonely widow' whose relationship with Travis was 'closer than some spouses'.

The New York Post reported: 'Even if there was no monkey-panky, pals say they were intimate.'

Ms Herold dismissed the suggestion of a sexual relationship as absurd.

'Did I love him? Did I bathe with him? Did I sleep with him?' she said angrily.

'I bathed with him when he was a baby.'

When she was approached by two reporters on Friday, she lashed out at them.

From The New Paper, "Jealous chimp, 'crazy relationship'".

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