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A FORMER TV star chimpanzee was shot dead by US police after it went on an unexplained rampage.<br />
Travis, a 15-year-old chimpanzee who has appeared in TV commercials and a talkshow, badly injured a woman and attacked  the police before an officer cornered in his car was forced to shoot the simian, the Associated Press reports. <br />
The woman, who is in a serious condition in hospital,  was visiting Sandra Herold at her Stamford, Connecticut home when long-time family pet Travis leapt on her as soon as she emerged from the car and made a savage attack to the face.<br />
Ms Hergold ran inside to call police and fetch a weapon after she failed to wrestle the chimpanzee off her friend.<br />
"She retrieved a large butcher knife and stabbed her longtime pet numerous times in an effort to save her friend, who was really being brutally attacked," Stamford police Lieutenant Richard Conklin  said.<br />
Travis finally retreated but was still on the Herold property when police arrived and surrounded the woman so medics could treat her.<br />
The enraged chimpanzee charged at officers who retreated to their cars.<br />
Two police officers are reported to have unspecifed injuries.<br />
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A FORMER TV star chimpanzee was shot dead by US police after it went on an unexplained rampage.
Travis, a 15-year-old chimpanzee who has appeared in TV commercials and a talkshow, badly injured a woman and attacked the police before an officer cornered in his car was forced to shoot the simian, the Associated Press reports.
The woman, who is in a serious condition in hospital, was visiting Sandra Herold at her Stamford, Connecticut home when long-time family pet Travis leapt on...
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