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Friday, May 15, 2009

It's Confirmed that Travis the Chimp was on Xanax

Travis is the infamous Connecticut chimpanzee that wore clothes, drank wine, attacked a woman, and was shot by police afterwards. It's now confirmed that he had the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in his system. Did this play a role in Travis' attack?

The victim is now blind, with a brain injury, severe damage to her face and the loss of both hands. Doctors say that it could take two years and numerous surgeries to reconstruct her face.

It's very sad all around and, if anyone is to be held responsible, it's the owner. But apparently drugs are becoming common tools for addressing pets' behavioral problems.

I am not a doctor or scientist, but I have a family member on Xanax and that is powerful stuff.

Appropriate for a chimpanzee? All I know is that a chimp should not be anyone's pet in the first place.

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