MON­KEY ON YOUR BACK?

Animal Scene - - THE WILD SIDE -

What to do when you come face-to-face with a macaque? Just take pic­tures from afar and avoid show­ing your teeth, which might be taken as a chal­lenge. In the oft chance that a mon­key ac­tu­ally starts to at­tack you, al­ways stand your ground then re­treat slowly, fac­ing it.

Bites and scratches – even small ones – can be dan­ger­ous be­cause the great ma­jor­ity carry ei­ther ra­bies or the her­pes B virus, both po­ten­tially fa­tal for hu­mans. Mon­key bites prac­ti­cally guar­an­tee in­fec­tion be­cause of the sheer amount of bac­te­ria in their maws. When bit­ten, swiftly clean the bite with soap and wa­ter for around 20 min­utes and im­me­di­ately con­sult a doc­tor.

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