Woman in­jured in mon­key at­tack

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK&WORLD UPDATE -

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.

Do you know Mrs Dar­well? If so, con­tact the ET news­desk on 01733 588713.

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