RIVERSIDE, Calif. (CNN/KCAL) — A Riverside, Calif., woman is hurt and a monkey is quarantined after animal control officials say the primate attacked her.
Look closely, and you can see on this surveillance video three monkeys clinging to the woman wearing a blue tank top outside of a pizza parlor in Cherry Valley.
“She had a real tiny one, probably no bigger than my hand,” explains Tricia Moreno.
Moreno was also outside of the restaurant when one of the monkeys darted into the parking lot.
Video shows Moreno catch the monkey and give it back to the owner — before something wild happened.
“Like a razor. It felt like a razor, just like a, like a real fast poke,” said Moreno, explaining what the bite felt like after one of the monkeys bit her arm.
Moreno’s daughter heard the monkey scream and recounted what happened.
“He just grabbed her and just went *chomp* like you would if you saw a really good burrito,” said Moreno’s daughter.
A restaurant employee was just a few feet away from the women and the monkey, and he says he saw all the commotion.
“I helped the lady who got bit and tried to clean it up the best I could and put some Neosporin on it and then a Band-Aid,” said John Howe.
Moreno says the monkey was most likely trying to protect its owner, but Animal Services says the owner didn’t have special permits to legally own exotic pets and took the monkeys to be quarantined — in case they have rabies.
Moreno also got a tetanus shot as a precaution.