Sunday, June 28, 2015

Fact of the Day: The King and the Monkey

King Alexander I of Greece died from a monkey bite. He received the wound trying to separate animals fighting in his estate. While he did receive some first-aid, he didn't think it was that serious. When his leg needed amputation, none of his doctors wanted the responsibility of it. 


  1. Wow very interesting fact
    And very problematic issue

  2. He certainly did not live up to the name of "Alexander The Great".
    Plus he had more problems than the fatal monkey bite, the monkey won
    the battle - eventually.
    Winston Churchill didn't have very kind words for him and they certainly
    won't be found on his epitaph on his burial tomb.
    Colin (Brisbane. Australia)
    PS: I refuse to say - WOW like above and others.

  3. Good grief! And he was only 27 years old. Sad.

  4. Thank goodness medicine has come far..

  5. the monkeys obviously have no respect for monarchy .... But I'm glad the Greek managed to thrown them down at some point just like we did here in my country.

  6. Remind me never to get bit by a monkey

  7. Things were so different back then---they didn't understand and couldn't treat infections.

  8. I've heard of "monkey bites" but I didn't know they could be fatal. I once had a girlfriend who gave me one.

  9. I wonder if the monkey had rabies.
    They are too dangerous to keep as pets.