Woman Attacked by Chimpanzee Says She Warned Owner

November 13, 2009

A Connecticut woman who was attacked by a 200-pound chimpanzee says she repeatedly warned the animal’s owner that the primate was dangerous and could hurt someone.

In a telephone interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, Charla Nash said she saw the chimpanzee throw large objects around his cage, flash his teeth and pound the bars so violently his hands would bleed and the cage had to be rewelded.

Nash, who appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” Wednesday, said she told the owner, Sandra Herold, eight or 10 times he was dangerous.

The Feb. 16 attack occurred when Herold asked her friend Nash to help lure the animal back into her house in Stamford. The chimpanzee ripped off Nash’s hands, nose, lips and eyelids.

Herold’s attorney could not be reached on his cell phone Wednesday night

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