Too close: Tourists attacked by Barbary ape during visit to Gibraltar

A British four-year-old girl and her grandmother were rushed to hospital after a they were attacked by a resident Barbary Macaque on Gibraltar, while visiting the Upper Rock nature reserve.The monkey bit the four-year-old, known only as Sophia, above the ankle and then went for the grandmother, named Jean, who suffered serious bruising and scratches to her arm.

Feeding the Barbary Macaques is illegal and punishable by a fine but the law is routinely ignored, particularly by tourists who flock to the areas around Apes Den and the Siege Tunnels at the top of the Rock.

Read more from the Daily Mail Report above and read Dr. Stewart Semple’s research on tourist close encounters with Macaques in Gibraltar here: