On February 16th, 2009, an entirely avoidable event occurred: Charla Nash had her face ripped off by her friend Sandra Herold's pet chimp, Travis.
Travis was a 200 pound, 14 year-old Chimpanzee. His owners "adopted" him for $50,000 from a place called the Missouri Chimpanzee Sanctuary, and raised him as a mix between a pet and a child. He ate at the dinner table with them, drank wine, slept in their beds, and DROVE. CARS. You can imagine Ashley and Nick have some strong opinions in this one.
And yes, we also touch on Harambe.
This is our most graphic episode yet - if you are of the faint of heart, this may not be the episode for you.
Somehow we didn't mention Jane Goodall (despite her being Ashley's idol), but you can learn more about her amazing chimpanzee work at https://www.janegoodall.org/
Do you like hearing animal attack stories? Do you like True Crime podcasts but hate the feeling of helplessness after listening? The Get Out Alive podcast gives you that True Crime feel, but provides actual tips on how to avoid being attacked yourself.
Host Ashley has a degree in Wildlife Biology and has dipped her toe in many aspects of wildlife biology so far. Her co-host and best friend Nick is just along for the ride. Sometimes the show is able to have survivors of attacks or experts on species on the podcast to provide more insight.