British tourist 'sexually assaulted' by Gibraltar monkeys

Melissa Hart says animals pawed at her "most intimate areas"

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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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