Animals Video

By Jasmine Kazlauskas


A traumatised tourist has issued a travel warning after claiming she was left £4,500 [$8,000AUD] out of pocket after being ATTACKED by a monkey that bit her neck while on holiday in Bali.

With it being her first time visiting the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, Patrizia Accoglienza said she thought it would be fun to check out the popular Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary during her stay [19 JUNE].

The 42-year-old photographer from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, headed to the park and paid the £4.50 [$8AUD] entrance fee to walk around the grounds.

But Patrizia’s visit was soon cut short after she claims a large monkey jumped on her backpack and suddenly bit her neck from behind – causing her to bleed.

PIC FROM The Photozigner Journey/caters News

The horrified tourist said she pushed the large primate – which she believes was an adult male – off her back and watched in terror as the monkey jumped onto a nearby ledge and ‘aggressively’ bared his sharp teeth at her.

After rushing to the park’s first aid clinic Patrizia claims the nurse presented her with a certificate to confirm that none of the monkeys had rabies or any other diseases.

Despite this, Patrizia decided to proceed with all the necessary injections just to be safe – which ended up costing her over a whopping $8,000AUD [£4,500].

She said: “I’d never been to Bali before and heard about the monkey forest, so decided to give it a chance.

“I was there for about an hour before I got bitten. I was photographing a monkey that was about two metres away from me at the time.

“Suddenly, another big monkey jumped on my backpack and bit my neck from behind. It happened so quickly, I was in total shock, and just pushed him off straight away.

PIC FROM The Photozigner Journey/caters News

“He jumped to a nearby ledge and showed his teeth in an aggressive manner. I asked another tourist nearby what my neck looked like and he told me there was blood.

“I was in a panic. I was advised by a staff member to go to the first aid clinic, who cleaned the wound with antiseptic. She told me there were two teeth piercings, which confirmed I’d been bitten.

“I asked about a rabies injection, but she showed me a certificate which said the monkeys are tested and don’t have any diseases, including rabies. She said I didn’t need to worry and sent me on my way.

“But I realised it was better to be safe than sorry. I went to a nearby health care clinic, who told me that I had the most serious form of rabies exposure because the bite was on my neck and close to a lot of nerves.

“My entire treatment plan was going to cost me over $8,000AUD. But I just paid it because nothing is more important than your health.”

PIC FROM The Photozigner Journey/caters News

Patrizia was required to undertake four standard rabies injections over a two-week period, each costing around £23 [$40AUD] each – the first of which was covered by the monkey forest.

She also needed to have two immunoglobulins injections into her thigh muscles, which cost her around £2,252 [$4,000AUD] each.

In addition to the injections, Patrizia needed two weeks worth of hepatitis tablets, which were provided for free by the health care clinic she visited.

Despite having to fork out over $8K initially, Patrizia had took out travel insurance back in Australia before setting off overseas – and thankfully, will have all her medical costs covered by the company.

She said: “The entire ordeal left me in shock, and I certainly wouldn’t be visiting any more monkey reserves.

 

PIC FROM The Photozigner Journey/caters News

“I’d also witnessed a few other people coming into the first aid room at the monkey forest who has been either scratched of bitten by them.

“It was a huge amount to pay upfront, and I’m just thankful that I had that in my bank account. Luckily, I’d taken out travel insurance who will be able to reimburse me.

“But my $8 admission fee to the monkey forest certainly gained a few zeros.”

A spokesperson for the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary said: “One of the top concerns we receive from visitors is about rabies.

“We always do a rabies test when we found one of our monkeys suddenly dead without any clear reason.

“We will bring the body of the monkey to Bali Animal Disease Investigation Centre for the rabies test, and they will take the brain tissue as a sample for rabies testing.

PIC FROM The Photozigner Journey/caters News

“The tests conducted in 2013, 2014 and 2015 were negative for rabies.

“We do not have any date for 2016 until today because no monkeys have died without reason.

“The visitor might get bitten by the monkeys because they have an interaction, bring food, drinks, plastic or paper bag.

“The monkeys are not aggressive by nature. They will only defend themselves if they feel threatened.

“They are wild animals, and not pets, so they might have an unpredictable reaction.

“We do provide guidelines that should be followed by visitors during their visit.”

A traumatised tourist has issued a travel warning after claiming she was left £4,500 [$8,000AUD] out of pocket after being ATTACKED by a monkey that bit her neck while on holiday in Bali.

PIC FROM The Photozigner Journey/caters News

With it being her first time visiting the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, Patrizia Accoglienza said she thought it would be fun to check out the popular Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary during her stay [19 JUNE].

The 42-year-old photographer from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, headed to the park and paid the £4.50 [$8AUD] entrance fee to walk around the grounds.

But Patrizia’s visit was soon cut short after she claims a large monkey jumped on her backpack and suddenly bit her neck from behind – causing her to bleed.

The horrified tourist said she pushed the large primate – which she believes was an adult male – off her back and watched in terror as the monkey jumped onto a nearby ledge and ‘aggressively’ bared his sharp teeth at her.

After rushing to the park’s first aid clinic Patrizia claims the nurse presented her with a certificate to confirm that none of the monkeys had rabies or any other diseases.

Despite this, Patrizia decided to proceed with all the necessary injections just to be safe – which ended up costing her over a whopping $8,000AUD [£4,500].

She said: “I’d never been to Bali before and heard about the monkey forest, so decided to give it a chance.

PIC FROM The Photozigner Journey/caters News

“I was there for about an hour before I got bitten. I was photographing a monkey that was about two metres away from me at the time.

“Suddenly, another big monkey jumped on my backpack and bit my neck from behind. It happened so quickly, I was in total shock, and just pushed him off straight away.

“He jumped to a nearby ledge and showed his teeth in an aggressive manner. I asked another tourist nearby what my neck looked like and he told me there was blood.

“I was in a panic. I was advised by a staff member to go to the first aid clinic, who cleaned the wound with antiseptic. She told me there were two teeth piercings, which confirmed I’d been bitten.

“I asked about a rabies injection, but she showed me a certificate which said the monkeys are tested and don’t have any diseases, including rabies. She said I didn’t need to worry and sent me on my way.

“But I realised it was better to be safe than sorry. I went to a nearby health care clinic, who told me that I had the most serious form of rabies exposure because the bite was on my neck and close to a lot of nerves.

PIC FROM The Photozigner Journey/caters News

“My entire treatment plan was going to cost me over $8,000AUD. But I just paid it because nothing is more important than your health.”

Patrizia was required to undertake four standard rabies injections over a two-week period, each costing around £23 [$40AUD] each – the first of which was covered by the monkey forest.

She also needed to have two immunoglobulins injections into her thigh muscles, which cost her around £2,252 [$4,000AUD] each.

In addition to the injections, Patrizia needed two weeks worth of hepatitis tablets, which were provided for free by the health care clinic she visited.

Despite having to fork out over $8K initially, Patrizia had took out travel insurance back in Australia before setting off overseas – and thankfully, will have all her medical costs covered by the company.

She said: “The entire ordeal left me in shock, and I certainly wouldn’t be visiting any more monkey reserves.

PIC FROM The Photozigner Journey/caters News

“I’d also witnessed a few other people coming into the first aid room at the monkey forest who has been either scratched of bitten by them.

“It was a huge amount to pay upfront, and I’m just thankful that I had that in my bank account. Luckily, I’d taken out travel insurance who will be able to reimburse me.

“But my $8 admission fee to the monkey forest certainly gained a few zeros.”

A spokesperson for the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary said: “One of the top concerns we receive from visitors is about rabies.

“We always do a rabies test when we found one of our monkeys suddenly dead without any clear reason.

“We will bring the body of the monkey to Bali Animal Disease Investigation Centre for the rabies test, and they will take the brain tissue as a sample for rabies testing.

PIC FROM The Photozigner Journey/caters News

“The tests conducted in 2013, 2014 and 2015 were negative for rabies.

“We do not have any date for 2016 until today because no monkeys have died without reason.

“The visitor might get bitten by the monkeys because they have an interaction, bring food, drinks, plastic or paper bag.

“The monkeys are not aggressive by nature. They will only defend themselves if they feel threatened.

“They are wild animals, and not pets, so they might have an unpredictable reaction.

“We do provide guidelines that should be followed by visitors during their visit.”