Killed by monkeys

As we saw yesterday, Sigurd the Mighty received his comeuppance at the tooth of his decapitated enemy, Máel Brigte the Bucktoothed. The same could not be said for Aléxandros, Vasiléfs ton Ellínon, King of Greece from 1917–1920, who met his end at the teeth of a pair of irate monkeys. Wikipedia takes up the story:

The attack occurred on 2 October 1920. In the report dispatched from Europe, it was stated that the King had been walking in the park with a pet dog, when the dog was attacked by a monkey. The King fended off the monkey with a stick but in the fight the monkey bit him on the hand slightly. "Another monkey rushed to the defense of his mate, and in fending it off, the King received another bite which severely lacerated a gland. The infection which set in following the bites gradually poisoned the King's entire system ..." Both animals were found to have been diseased after they were destroyed. Within days, he developed a severe reaction to the infection, and after initial signs of improvement, became critically ill on 12 October. […] On 25 October 1920 King Alexander died at Athens, of sepsis.

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.

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