Woman injured in monkey attack
A WOMAN from Peterborough was attacked by Macaques during a holiday in Thailand as she tried to conquer her fear of primates.
Dee Darwell (56) blacked out as first one monkey then another bit her, before she was surrounded by the entire pack.
She collapsed with blood spurting from her arm and had to be rescued by Thai boatmen during the incident, which happened as she toured Monkey Island, near Phi Phi Don, in the Andaman Sea, off the holiday island of Phuket.
According to a news agency in Thailand, Mrs Darwell said she had a fear of primates as a result of her father bringing up a chimpanzee, which she described as “positively evil”.
But she joined with a friend on a tour to Monkey Island in a bid to confront her fear.
After arriving on the beach, she decided to sit down and take in her surroundings.
She said three or four of the creatures began attacking her from all sides. They grabbed her arms, legs and rear end, leaving bruises all over her body.
She said: “I thought, ‘I’m going to die, I’m going to be savaged by these monkeys,’ then I went into shock.”
Mrs Darwell said she does not remember how she was rescued, but was later told that the boat crew had shooed the monkeys away.
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