ALOR GAJAH - An 83-year-old woman passed out after she was attacked by a troop of rogue monkeys while trying to protect her granddaughter from them at Kampung Permatang, Kuala Sungai Baru, near here, on Thursday.
The victim, Zaiton Comel, was immediately rushed to Malacca Hospital after the 11am incident.
Besides sustaining several bruises and scratches all over her body, Zaiton received two stitches near her left eye, three stitches above her lip and nine stitches under her chin.
Zaiton said she was sitting on a bench at her house, not far from her daughter's home, when she heard her granddaughter, Umi Amira Syikin Azman, 5, crying out in fear as a group of monkeys tried to break into the house.
"At first I thought she was crying because she was alone in the house, but then I noticed several monkeys surrounding the house and trying to open the window. I quickly grabbed a broom and ran to the house to chase the monkeys away," said Zaiton.
However, one of the monkeys suddenly jumped on Zaiton's head and scratched at her face. Despite the pain, she swung the broom at the monkeys in a single-minded attempt to rescue her grandchild.
"I thought I was done for when about 30 monkeys attacked me, biting all over my body until I fainted," she said.
When she woke up, Zaiton saw one of her nephews at her side. He told her that the monkeys had run off into the nearby forest.
She was relieved to hear that her granddaughter had not been hurt in the incident.
The victim's second daughter, Saniah Zainal, 57, said her mother's condition was now stable, though she was traumatised by the incident.
"My mother received 14 stitches and was released from the hospital later that afternoon.
"The monkeys in our village regularly disturb the residents, but they have never gone to the extent of severely injuring anybody before," she said.
State Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) director Abdul Rahim Othman said they had received a complaint pertaining to the incident and three officers had been sent to carry out an investigation.
He said the officers were collecting details and evidence from the scene of the incident.
"We extend our deepest regret to the victim for the incident and would like to advise the public not to take any action on their own as it involves wild animals."