Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Monkey bites woman on ear in sneak attack near Pirates of the Caribbean set

Hollywood blockbuster surrounded by further controversy after a makeup artist working on a nearby set attacked

Tuesday 30 June 2015 07.44 BSTLast modified on Tuesday 30 June 201510.09 BST

A monkey thought to be from the Gold Coast set of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 has attacked a makeup artist working on the set of another movie.

The artist, a woman in her 50s, told paramedics she was in the sound stage of the Movie World theme park about midday on Tuesday when the monkey bit her on the ear.

A Queensland ambulance service senior operations supervisor, Stephen Burns, said paramedics believed the attack was unprovoked, leaving a wound that was “fortunately not [serious]”.

“We believe that the monkey had come up behind the patient and then bit her on her right ear,” he said.

“The lady, we believe, was not making any attempt to approach the monkey. She was actually sitting down.”

Paramedics understood the monkey was “part of the Caribbean film set”, said Burns, but the attack took part on the set of an unrelated film.

It is not yet clear if the monkey was one of two capuchin monkeys specially allowed into the country on strict transport conditions to play the role of “Jack the monkey” in the Hollywood blockbuster.

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