The Little Rock Zoo

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Lawsuit Accuses Chimpanzee Owner, Sandra Herold, of Negligence and Endangerment

STAMFORD — - Hearings involving the woman who was brutally attacked by a chimpanzee in February were postponed today.

Carla Nash is in critical but stable condition at the Cleveland Clinic. She sustained traumatic brain injury and the loss of both her hands, her nose, lips and eyelids in the attack, which also left her blind.

Sandra Herold, the owner of Travis the chimp, is being sued by Nash's family. Attorneys representing Nash's twin brother, who has been appointed her conservator, want to prevent photos taken after the incident and her medical records from being released to the public. They are also seeking to freeze Herold's assets so she cannot transfer them.

Since the attack, Nash has made significant neurological and psychological improvements, according to the clinic, but is expected to have to undergo numerous surgeries over the next two years as doctors work to reconstruct her face. It may take up to a year for her to make a full cognitive recovery, the clinic said.

The attack occurred after Herold called Nash to help her shepherd the chimpanzee into her home. Nash was familiar to the chimp, and Herold has speculated that he did not recognize Nash because she was wearing a different hairstyle and driving a different car. Police shot and killed the chimp after the attack.

The lawsuit accuses Herold of negligence and reckless endangerment, and alleges that she knew the chimp had a history of violence but did not take precautions to keep people safe or warn Nash.

Herold's attorney said the attack was an accident and that Herold should not be held liable.


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