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Woman says Connecticut chimpanzee bit her in '96

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[February 19, 2009]  STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A woman says she complained to police and the owner of a chimpanzee in 1996, when she says the animal bit her and tried to pull her into a vehicle as she greeted him.

The woman, Leslie Mostel-Paul, tells NBC's "Today" show that she complained about the same chimp who critically injured a woman this week and was fatally shot by police.

Mostel-Paul says the chimp, Travis, bit her hand.

Travis' owner says he was a loving pet whose violent behavior Monday was out of character.

[Associated Press]

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