Saturday, October 25, 2014

UK: British Hiker, 53, Attacked by Group of Monkeys on Gibraltar, See Photos Below

According to the UK-based October 24, 2014 issue of The Daily Mirror, the below link describes a terrifying experience that Briton Stuart Gravenell, 53, endured while he and his 22-year-old son, Bradley, experienced while hiking in the Upper Rock Nature Reserve this weekend on Gibraltar:

Stuart Gravnell needed 40 stitches after being horrifically bitten in one of the worst-recorded attacks by Gibraltar's 300-strong ape population.
Gravenell, 53, was walking through a nature reserve on the top of The Rock with son, Bradley, 22, when pack of apes charged them.
An alpha-male standing a meter+ tall (three feet, three-inches tall) leaped on Stuart and locked its teeth on his forearm before shaking its head,ripping open two deep wounds.
Stunned Stuart collapsed and was rushed to hospital where nurses revealed they were treating two ape-inflicted injuries a week--and his was the worst they had ever seen.
Gravnell was administered 20 numbing injections and 40 stitches to the inch-deep wounds and told that if the ape had attacked a child they could have lost their arm.
Stuart spent three nights in the hospital when the wounds became infected and struggled through the rest of his holiday with his family.
Upon his return to the UK, doctors said he had extensive nerve damage in his forearm, which has left him with a loss of feeling.

SWNSStuart Gravenell bitten by Gibraltar Ape

"It was supposed to be a nice family holiday and it was totally ruined.
"I have no recollection of the actual incident--I think I must have blocked it out.
"But Bradley said it just ran up and stopped dead in its tracks and jumped on me--half on my back and half of my shoulder. "He said it grabbed my arm - I've got claw marks--and it bit into me arm and just shook. It was so aggressive. It savagely bit my arm, tearing it open.
"It jumped off and was just sat on the wall looking at me. Blood was pouring and spurting everywhere - it was like a tap."
COMMENT: The attack came after Stuart drove all the way to Casares del Sol in Spain from his home in Hardwicke, Glos, for a three-week break with wife Diane, 55, and Bradley.

SWNSStuart Gravenell bitten by Gibraltar Ape

They were warned not to feed the apes who live on the top of the Rock and decided to skip the "Ape Den,", where tourists pose with the animals.
Instead, they headed for the Charles V wall, part of the historic fortifications, and began their descent from the upper reaches of the 1,400-foot Rock.
As they started down the steps a group of apes bounded along the narrow wall next to them, chased by a larger primate.
Stuart and Bradley, who had no food, froze while the animals fought in front of them and watched in terror when they turned back towards them.
Without warning, the big ape leapt back onto the wall and jumped on Stuart's back before clamping its teeth into his arm.
Stuart was helped to a nearby sitting area by shocked fellow tourists where he fainted before he was taken to St Bernards Hospital. He called on the Gibraltar government to do more to warn visitors about the dangers of the apes.
He said: "Everyone I was speaking to out there said the apes are getting out of control."
"I'm scared they are going to wait until there is a fatality to take action."
A spokesman for the Government of Gibraltar said the attack on Stuart was the most "severe" he had ever seen.
Albert Poggio, the UK-based representative for the colony, said: "It is very very sad, but what can one say?.These monkeys are wild. We do give as much notice all over the place. It is very unfortunate."
"We are trying to keep the numbers down and we have just exported 30 to Scotland."

Should more be done to control the apes in Gibraltar?

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