Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

My mouth is agape when I read the tragic story of Sandra Herold and Travis the chimpanzee. I can't begin to imagine the upper body strength of a 200 pound chimp. I'm dumbfounded that the laws of Connecticut allow people to own such a large and possibly dangerous animal. It's painful to think of having a family friend so brutally attached before your eyes. I can't imagine the courage it took to plunge a kitchen knife into your beloved pet or the heart ache of witnessing your constant companion gunned down by police. I can't begin to conceive how long and tortuous the recovery of the poor victim or the burden Herold must live with knowing her friend will never be the same. Lastly, while I can believe The New York Post thought it appropriate to use this as fodder for a stupid cartoon, I'm deeply saddened by it.

  1. February 21, 2009 -

    That really is one horrible story all around. I don't think people should have chimps as "pets." When I heard how the woman was mangled, I was amazed. I think she's now at the same hospital as the woman who had a face transplant. The whole story is tragic, and you captured some of that in this portrait.