0800: Alert and orientedX 3. Pleasant and appropriate but reports feeling anxious. Xanax given. 1030: Chimp reports anxiety an 8 on scale of 0-10. Prn Xanax given. 1200: Chimp eating people in the facility, not responding to redirection.
I thought that said, "So do many house plants." Now that would make an interesting headline, "200 Pound House Plant Mauls Friend".
Originally Posted by JocktheMotie
I echo your thoughts. I never know why people assume other animals will never fly off the handle. Especially chimps, how many times have you seen how brutal those attacks can be? They can rip each other to pieces.
Horrifying indeed at the suprise this spurs. A wild animal. NOT in the wild. Um...yeah!
Has-been TV chimp, prolly captured, or bred in captivity, found himself an after-life* from a woman needing to replace her dead daughter. He did not her daughter make.
Sometimes, humans' irrationality shocks me.
*(most too-old to control/not cute anymore TV chimps have a fate far worse than death by point-blank gunfire)
It's a chimp that has had over a decade of history of being very caring and a good pet (according to the owner). Extreme precautions would suggest it's not a good idea to house a chimp, but it's no different than having a Rottweiler per se, IMO.
It's an unfortunate example of cognitive dissonance overtaking reasonable thinking.
Chimpanzees are wild animals. They haven't benefited from the same evolutionary psychology that encourages domesticated behaviors like dogs or horses have. Primates survive by being aggressive, territorial and maintaining social hierarchies that behave unto themselves. As a result, it is very difficult to accurately predict stimulus-response temperament in extra-primate social systems (like living as a pet).
On top of this, I read the owner gave the chimpanzee Xanax -- Xanax. Incorrect dosage of Xanax in humans (not primates) can encourage erratic activity like aggression, delusion and various mood disorders. Giving it to a chimp was an unbelievably stupid move and likely played a role in enhancing his destructive behavior.
As tragic as it was, the chimp's behavior doesn't surprise me. I hope the owner is held legally accountable for her recklessness.