While monkeys look cute and cuddly in the zoo, they can often be ferocious in the wild. Monkeys have a unique muscular structure and often do not realize their own strength which is four times that of the average human. It is important to never underestimate the power of a monkey and to prepare yourself for all monkey encounters. While a monkey is not biologically prone to attack, it will if it is feeling threatened. For these reasons, be sure to educate yourself on monkeys and prepare for any encounters you may have, whether it is in a remote forest, the backyard of an exotic animal dealer, or in the home of a person with a pet for a monkey.
The first step in preventing a monkey attack is to remember never to tease or heckle the monkey. Monkeys have feelings too and just like us, they get irritated and bothered. If you annoy a monkey, you will likely cause a bite or scratch. Secondly, be very aware of your surroundings. If you are in an area where there is a monkey enclosure, keep a safe distance. If you are in a location with free-roaming monkeys, be sure to always know where you are in relation to them and never approach, touch, or feed one.
In the unfortunate event that you are attacked, remain calm. Don’t charge back at a monkey, don’t run, and don’t climb. A monkey can outrun, out-jump, and out-climb you. He will have four times the strength as you and any of those things will only further provoke them. If possible, find something to get in between you and the monkey and find someplace to barricade yourself in. Unless you have really done something to upset the monkey then chances are, the monkey will become bored and walk away.