Alice Morrison Attacked by Dog; Trek on Hold

Morrison's bloody hiking boot -- aftermath of the dog attack. Photo: Alice Morrison

More than one long-distance expedition — and many, many runners — have had such a mishap. On December 3, the very first day of her 675km Jordan Trail expedition, Alice Morrison suffered a serious dog bite that has put her journey on hold.

At the end of a good 25km day, Morrison and her guide Munthir Al Titi came upon a pack of aggressive sheepdogs. Munthir tried to deter them with stones, which seemed to work. Their owner, a farmer, then came out of his home to call them away. But Morrison did not notice that one of the dogs, which had attacked another hiker the day before, sneaked up from behind and gave her a vicious bite on the leg.

A vicious bite. Photo: Alice Morrison

The bite was very deep. While the initial pain was excruciating, shock and adrenaline soon muted the feeling. Her calf was “bleeding heavily, and lumps of fat and meat from inside my leg had dropped out onto the ground,” she said.

Munthier cleaned her wound, and the farmer rushed the pair to the hospital. Here, she received a series of rabies shots and a tetanus injection. Afterward, a guide they knew in Um Qais gave them lodging, food, and additional first aid. A couple of doctors also visited and advised her to stay off the leg for at least a week.

As of now, she is in Amman, staying with a helpful family. She wants to continue her trek on Sunday, December 12, if the leg mends well enough by then. Despite this experience, she does not seem to blame the farmer or his dogs.

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Kristine De Abreu

Kristine De Abreu

Kristine De Abreu is a writer (and occasional photographer) based in sunny Trinidad and Tobago.

Since graduating from the University of Leicester with a BA in English and History, she has pursued a full-time writing career, exploring multiple niches before settling on travel and exploration. While studying for an additional diploma in travel journalism with the British College of Journalism, she began writing for ExWeb.

Currently, she works at a travel magazine in Trinidad as an editorial assistant and is also ExWeb's Weird Wonder Woman, reporting on the world's natural oddities as well as general stories from the world of exploration.

Although she isn't a climber (yet!), she hikes in the bush, has been known to make friends with iguanas and quote the Lord of the Rings trilogy from start to finish.

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jams
jams
1 month ago

Was hoping she got rabies shots. Never hesitate if bitten in the third world.

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Thrill seeker
Thrill seeker
1 month ago

Having bitten by a couple of dogs, I consider myself very lucky to have never been bitten this badly
Ouch!

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Louis-Philippe Loncke
1 month ago

Wondering why this expedition is considered newsworthy for Exweb? It’s just a person doing a trail many do every year. She has even a guide.In 2020 a woman did an FKT of it in 8+ days.
The only interesting expedition/challenge to be done is unsupported using water in natural sources.
OK she is injured and I hope she’ll be ok and can resume the trek. Again many people do this trail every year and around the globe many people get mauled by dogs. Probably every day in the world.

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Jay Bizzle
Jay Bizzle
1 month ago

How about being a bit more emphatic? I’m sure this trek is something you do for fun correct? Or are you sitting at home on your nice comfy chair with a hot tea? Passing judgment on whether something is newsworthy or not isn’t your job, which is quite obvious…if you do not like the content don’t read it, I’m very sure that your comments will not be missed. Perhaps you should put a little liquor in your hot tea, relax a little, maybe be more optimistic about things, a positive attitude is a great thing…however I’m certain you’ll look at… Read more »

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