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Cheeky monkey thieves rattle travel insurer

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One travel claim involved the theft of sunglasses by a cheeky monkey.
One travel claim involved the theft of sunglasses by a cheeky monkey. Photo Credit: Drawkman/GettyImages

SYDNEY – Australian travel  insurer Cover-More has revealed that monkeys in Bali have been the cause of several “theft” claims from holidaymakers.

Cover-More said it has analysed its travel claims from Indonesia over 2018 and found claims for lost, stolen or damaged belongings topped the list, accounting for 27% of all claims received that year.

Many claims for lost items in Indonesia involved one particular culprit, particularly in the holiday hotspot of Bali, where aggressive monkeys liked the look of  phones and sunglasses.

The insurance company said one of its customers reported having his sunglasses stolen by a monkey by a pool in Bali - leading to a claim.

In another case, a Cover-More customer had his watch stolen after being jumped on by monkeys at the Monkey Temple in Ubud.

And a woman had her prescription glasses stolen by a monkey that jumped onto her shoulder while she was walking through the Ubud Monkey Forest.

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