British tourist 'sexually assaulted' by Gibraltar monkeys

Barbary Macaques on Gibraltar rock

A British tourist claims she was sexually assaulted by Gibraltar's famous Barbary macaques.

Melissa Hart, 23, travelled to the Rock on a day trip from Marbella.

She says two of the monkeys began pulling at her hair and clothes, as other tourists nearby laughed.

"I felt totally helpless as these two monkeys grabbed and pawed me in my most intimate areas," she told the Olive Press.

"Then, with a yank, one of them pulled my bikini top straight off."

Hart, from Macclesfield, added: "I was being sexually assaulted and these people all thought it was a great joke."

According to the Daily Mail, a warden soon helped free her from the monkeys after hearing her screams.

Miss Hart later filed a police report but was told that wild animals cannot be held criminally responsible.

In October, a tourist needed 40 stitches after being attacked by one of the apes.

Stuart Gravenell, 53, was walking through the Upper Rock Nature Reserve with his son, Bradley, when he was attacked.

A pack of apes charged at them, and one male sunk his teeth into Stuart's forearm and shook its head, opening up two bloody wounds.

Stuart collapsed and was rushed to hospital, where nurses said it was the worst injury inflicted by a local ape that they'd ever seen.

Stuart, a retired IT worker, told the Gloucester Citizen: "You just wouldn't believe how traumatic it was. It was a very very upsetting experience.

"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."

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Kills: An estimated 100-150 people a year.
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Kills: An estimated 200 people a year.
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Lives in: Africa

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Kills: An estimated 50-125,000 people a year.
Deadly technique: A snake will use its fangs to pierce the skin and inject its paralysing venom.
Lives in: Africa, Asia, Australia, North America

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Kills: An estimated 100 people a year.
Deadly technique: Jellyfish use their tentacles to pump venom and paralyse its prey. Deaths in humans are usually a result of cardiac arrest.
Lives in: Northern Australia, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Kills: Two to three million people a year.
Deadly technique: Female mosquitos pierce the skin with serrated mouth parts, and inject a saliva with a thinning agent to liquidise the blood.
Lives in: Worldwide, more harmful in Africa, Asia and North America

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Kills: An estimated 100 people a year.
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Kills: An estimated 5 to 10 people a year.
Deadly technique: Bear will use their teeth and claws to maul and trample their victims.
Lives in: North America, Canada, North Pole, and Russia.

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Kills: An estimated 600-800 people a year.
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Lives in: Africa and Australia

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Kills: An estimated 800-2,000 people a year.
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Kills: An estimated 300-500 people a year.
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Kills: An estimated 800 people a year.
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Lives in: Africa, North America, and India


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