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Chimp owner told police: 'Shoot him! Shoot him!'

world Updated: Feb 20, 2009 11:11 IST

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The owner of a 200-pound (90-kilogram) chimpanzee that mauled a woman in Connecticut begged police to shoot the animal, crying that her beloved pet was ripping her friend apart.

Police in Stamford released 911 tapes of Sandra Herold's desperate call to police as her 14-year-old chimp was attacking 55-year-old Charla Nash on Monday.

The chimp can be heard at times on the tape, as Herold cries, "He's killing my friend!"

The dispatcher says, "Who's killing your friend?" Herold replies, "My chimpanzee! He ripped her apart! Shoot him, shoot him!"

The attack lasted about 12 minutes. The chimp, named Travis, also tried to attack police when they arrived, but officers fatally shot him.

Nash is hospitalized in critical condition. Authorities say she has "life-altering" injuries to her face and hands.