Family of Chimp Victim Sues for $50M

They say primate's owner should not have owned 'wild animal'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2009 3:35 PM CDT
The gated driveway to the home where a woman was mauled by a chimpanzee is seen Feb. 20, 2009, in Stamford, Conn.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Relatives of a woman mauled by a pet chimp are suing the primate's owner for $50 million, the New York Post reports today. The family of Charla Nash says Sandra Herold had no business owning a "wild animal with violent propensities" because she didn't have the skill or strength to keep it under control. The chimp, Travis, nearly killed Nash last month before Connecticut police fatally shot it. Nash remains sedated and may need a face transplant.