A Peterborough woman's plan to confront her lifelong fear of primates went seriously titsup when she was set upon by a pack of crab-eating macaques, the Daily Mail reports. Dee Darwell, 56, had apparently taken a strong dislike to our cousins as a result of her dad raising a "positively evil" chimpanzee. In an attempt to the …
A lot of monkeys in Peterborough, are there?
No, thought not. Then why the need to confront this particular fear?
And, if so, why not just head to the nearest zoo, where the monkeys would be caged - would probably be sufficient exposure to confront (or safely flee from) her fear.
Even less in Hartlepool
I saw some primates near Peterborough Cathedral a few years ago.
The place is full of primates from the lower echelons of the evolutionary tree. They hang around Cathedral Square, pestering everyone for money/fags/food/whatever.
How f**king stupid are these people?!
You have a genuine phobia of the sods so you go and find a semi-wild bunch of 'em on the other side of the world then complain when they attack you? FFS!
Why not go along to a local zoo or animal sanctuary in your area and get used to them in a nice gentle environment, where you can be assured they will be quite docile?!
How long before the legal action?
"I wouldn't have got off that bloody boat if the tour guide would have said at all that there was any danger, any risk, even the slightest risk. I would not have gotten off that boat."
There speaks a woman who is planning to sue. Judging by the size of the bandage all she got was a couple of bites. Had she been savaged she wouldn't look so damned healthy in the photograph. But really, you visit an island that's actually named after its wild inhabitants and act all surprised when they act like wild animals? Fucktard.
IMHO she deserved all she got and more for using the word "gotten".
Also note the "would have said". The quotation appears not to be written in British English, despite allegedly coming from a "British woman".
Journalists do tend to invent quotations. I expect that quotation was invented by a US journalist.
Anyway, do I want to go on holiday there? Phuket!
I read stories like this and worry that my schadenfreude is becoming unmanageable.
Crab-Eating Macaques Cause Cancer!
and quite possibly rabies too said The Daily Mail today.
As the other people above have said, what was this woman thinking? Speaking from experience, wild monkeys are little sods and will attack anything if they think they can get food or if they feel threatened and have sufficient back-up.
But quite seriously...
"Crab-Eating Macaques Cause Cancer! and quite possibly rabies too said The Daily Mail today."
Did it happen to mention what effect will this have on house prices?
RE: But quite seriously...
They didn't mention the house prices but they estimate that a native with a monkey-bite can be replaced by 4 or 5 immigrant workers.
It was probably her fault. If she had stopped monkeying around they would have left her alone!
/Mines the one with the bananas in the pocket!
Re: Her fault
Re: re: Her fault
Slow day, Ms Bee?
Might I recommend a break to a small Thai coastline...?
Thailand's Monkey Island?
These monkeys weren't green and foaming at the mouth, enraged due to the Voodoo Pox of LeChuck, by any chance?
Don't they know that people don't have crabs in their arms? She's lucky they aren't well-informed...
... maybe not in their ARMS, exactly.
Guess the monkeys smelled crabs, but looked in the wrong spot.
So that's The Secret of Monkey Island - don't tease the monkeys.
Or possibly that's The Curse of Monkey Island.
I'm glad she managed to Escape From Monkey Island.
Maybe she could sign a book deal, called Tales of Monkey Island, perhaps?
Mines the one with the photo of a Three-Headed Monkey in the pocket.
And the monkey said...
"That woman fought like a dairy farmer."
Obviously she's never seen Apocalypse Now
Never get out of the boat.
Absolutely goddamn right.
with a crab tattoo on your arm.
Serves her right
The stupid bint is scared of monkeys, so goes to an island populated by monkeys. She is then bitten by, wait for it, monkeys! Holy shit, who'd have thunk it.
I laughed so hard at the beginning of the story, I nearly macaqued my underpants! Stories like this are a ba-boon to El Reg, I love 'em.
Her dad's evil monkey
Maybe it wasn't really evil but struggling to come to terms with his monkey wife having an affair?
I wouldn't have got off that bloody boat
No, no, no, the boat was only bloody when you got back on :-)
You've got to wonder about some people?
Aversion therapy does work but only in a controlled way, this is like throwing yourself a tall building to cure your fear of heights, which it will; permanently. But what is so special about crab-eating macaques are they in some way more horrifying than non-crab eating macaques. I think we should be told.
Re: You've got to wonder about some people?
Maybe she smelled like crabs. Or had them.
That's how Braindead started..... the rats got(ten) off the boat, and raped all the little tree monkeys.
Mines the one with terrible Aussie splatter movies in the pocket.
I don't know what you've got in that cellar, boy...
...but I want it decently buried!
If a phobia is an unreasonable fear, then her phobia is cured! Good news. She now has very reasonable fear of monkeys.
Positively evil ?
sings..... Evil evil monkey !!!! /family guy
Maybe it is a pheromone thing
One whiff and monkeys can't resist tasting her sweet, sweet human flesh.
Is that a banana in your pocket?
If she thought they were harmless, why was she scared? Can't have it both ways.
If she knew chimps could be "evil"* couldn't she extrapolate to monkeys being vicious?
*presumably it resided in her brother's wardrobe as is diaffected simians' wont.
Also, is it just me, or does Danni Minogue look like the navigator skull whenever she smiles?
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"Also, is it just me, or does Danni Minogue look like the navigator skull whenever she smiles?"
Can't say I noticed it on her, but Cheryl Cole certainly does!
"If she thought they were harmless, why was she scared? Can't have it both ways."
Plenty of people are scared of harmless spiders, don't you know?
It's not logical, it's emotional.
Never get off the boat!
Almost forgot to ask....
why didn't she just spank the monkey? I mean, really hard, fast and furious? My hand would have been a blur.....
Paris, as if you have to wonder....
this was Monkey Island remember; in this world gone mad, we will not spank the monkey, the monkey will spank us.
Damn you, you damn dirty apes, damn yous all to hell.
come on eileen
Was she spanking the Monkey before it bit her?
Its Friday. Ok? I just can't think of anything else but island apes, beer and worrying if its going to rain while I'm on the way home.
She should stay in...
...and watch more films. She might have been spared her monkeygeddon experience:
Surely you mean 'New Zealand splatter movies'
/me revs the lawn mower
it's the same thing isn't it?
Humans are primates. This phobia sounds like a serious problem for a human to have!
Clearly. Unfortunately no brain detected in proposed host for consumption, arm substituted.
It'd eaten all me fags man.
A big pack of duty free. So I hoyed it in the sea. Didn't go straight in like, bounced off a rock first.
maybe monkeys just hate her
Maybe her dads chimp wasnt evil, maybe she is just hated by monkeys?
you don't always have to face and defeat every fear and phobia
sometimes, you just gotta say, "Phuket!"
RE: How long before the legal action?
Probably forever. If you walk along the pavement in Thailand and fall down a hole, they'd be more likely to ask you why you weren't looking were you were going than worry about being sued.
nothing else to say, except my ribs hurt :)
one last thing...
At least her phobia is cured now, replaced with a rational fear.
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