Nguyen Tan Duc is being treated after being bitten by his pet monkey. Photo: Nguyen Mi
A pet monkey bit its owner's hands after it was taunted by strangers in southern Vietnam.
Nguyen Tan Duc, 43, is being treated at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Doctors said his hands were badly bitten, and Duc also suffered several wounds in his stomach.
Duc, who lives in the Mekong Delta province of Long An, said he bought the monkey, a male weighing about 9kg, in 2005. He described it as "mild tempered" and "obedient."
He said a group of construction workers who were repairing his house taunted the monkey and hit it with tree branches on Wednesday noon.
The distressed monkey somehow got loose and ran around Duc's garden. Duc said he chased it and when he could finally grab it, the monkey suddenly bit his hands repeatedly.
It also bit his stomach before running away.
He was taken to Cho Ray Hospital by his family members, who also reported the incident to the police.
The monkey is still on the loose.