Macaque attacks man at home

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 19, 2019
By: Tsai Tsung-hsien and William Hetherington  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

A Formosan rock macaque on Sunday last week broke into a home in a village in Pingtung County and

A Formosan macaque identified by a man as having attacked him is pictured in Pingtung County in an undated photo provided by him.  Photo retaken by Tsai Tsung-hsien, Taipei Times

attacked the homeowner, who was sleeping inside.

The man, surnamed Chang (張), who lives in Haikou Village (海口) in Checheng Township (車城), yesterday said that he was napping in the living room when the macaque bit him on the head, leaving a 3cm laceration.

The Pingtung Department of Agriculture urged residents of the Hengchun Peninsula (恆春半島) to keep their windows closed to keep macaques out.

Chang, 67, said he had left the windows open to let fresh air in, adding that the animal had already escaped by the time he realized he had been attacked.

His family rushed him to a hospital, where he received 10 stitches, he said.

Chang said he believes the macaque that attacked him was the same one that was spotted near the village several months ago.    [FULL  STORY]

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