An Australian tourist remembers the horrible moment when she was attacked from behind by a monkey during a holiday in Bali, which left her with a heavy medical bill.
Melbourne photographer Patrizia Accoglienza, 42, visited the popular Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary last month when a large Balinese monkey with a long tail suddenly jumped onto her backpack and bit her neck, causing bleeding.
& # 39; It happened so quickly, I was in total shock and just pushed it away immediately, & # 39; she said to Caters.
& # 39; He jumped to a nearby ledge and aggressively showed his teeth. & # 39;
Patrizia Accoglienza had been in the Ubud Monkey Forest an hour before she was bitten
She hurried to the first aid clinic in the sanctuary, where the staff cleaned the wound.
When she inquired about a rabies injection, she was shown a certificate stating that the monkeys have been tested and have no diseases, including rabies.
But for her peace of mind, Accoglienza received a second opinion.
She was bitten in the neck after a large monkey jumped on her from behind without warning
& # 39; I went to a nearby health clinic that told me that I had the most serious form of rabies exposure because the bite was in my neck and close to the nerves, & # 39; said madam.
She needed four rabies injections over a two-week period, along with two immunoglobulin injections in her thigh muscles and a 14-day dose of hepatitis tablets.
She has spent $ 8,000 on medical bills but will be reimbursed after taking out travel insurance prior to her first trip to Indonesia.
Tourist Patrizia Accoglienza was bitten by a Balinese long-tailed monkey (stock image)
She hopes to warn others who are planning to visit the tourist hotspot by sharing her story.
& # 39; It was a huge amount to pay in advance, and I am just grateful that I had it in my bank account. Fortunately, I had taken out travel insurance that can reimburse me, & said Accoglienza.
& # 39; The entire ordeal has shocked me and I would certainly not visit monkey supplies again. & # 39;
Mrs. Accoglienza required numerous injections and charged $ 8,000 for medical bills
The Melbourne photographer needed four injections of rabies after being told that she had the most serious form of rabies exposure
Mrs. Accoglienza also posted a YouTube video about her traumatic ordeal that made her Bali adventure a nightmare.
She remembers the attack in the video and shows her waiting for the expensive treatments.
& # 39; It was a day out with the monkeys, I couldn't be bitten by one & # 39 ;, she says.
& # 39; If I don't get it (the injections) and the monkeys wear something other than rabies, it will affect me later. & # 39;
The Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is home to 749 Balinese long-tailed monkeys and attracts more than 10,000 tourists a month who are encouraged to leave paper / plastic bags and plastic bottles at the checkout.
Balinese long-tailed monkey, also known as long-tailed macaque, can be aggressive to people, especially if they feel threatened,
Visitors are welcome to make contact with the monkeys but are advised not to touch them.
She was forced to pay out $ 8,000 for the treatment she needed after the monkey attack
Mrs. Accoglienza hopes to send a warning to other tourists by sharing her traumatic ordeal
& # 39; In general, monkeys will not come to you if you do not bring bananas or other food & # 39 ;, the website says.
& # 39; To respect the natural behavior of the monkeys and to avoid any accident (since monkeys are wild animals, pets and their behavior is unpredictable), please do not make physical contact or feed the monkey extra food from outside the park & # 39;
Visitors can feed the monkeys with bananas, but are encouraged not to chase them because the monkey will know and try to get it.
The sanctuary also states that the monkeys in the sanctuary are healthy and have never been tested positive for rabies.
& # 39; From 14 years of research by Dr. Agustin Fuentes of the Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, USA, there has never been a case of rabies in a monkey on Bali, said the website.
Mrs. Accoglienza enjoyed her time in the sanctuary, which later became a nightmare
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