A BRITISH woman had her finger bitten off by a Russian tourist in a shocking row over the last beanbag on a beach.
A gruesome photo shows the victim was left with half a fingertip missing including her nail following the attack at Koh Phangan Island, in Thailand.
Her friend ex-Olympic fencer Monika Sozanska, 39, told how she was watched in horror as a woman bit and spat out her friend’s finger in an attack that looked like “something out of a horror movie.”
She explained the duo were looking for a spot at the Koh Raham beach club when they spotted an empty beanbag next to a young couple.
Monika said: “The situation escalated when the woman reacted dismissively to [my friend’s] friendly request and [my friend] was only allowed to take the bean bag with her after a waiter had intervened.”
She explained that the woman, who was reportedly Russian, stormed at her friend, and attacked both her and the dog before the friend began to strike back.
She continued: “[My friend] hit her in the forehead. The woman disappeared briefly, only to come back angrier.”
“She grabbed [my friend’s] hand and bit it. Then she spat out the bitten phalanx and smiled.
“The blood just splattered. It was like something out of a horror movie!”
While Monika was trying to dig the fingertip out of the sand and comfort her friend, the couple attempted to escape but were immediately caught by police who were nearby.
When the Russian woman was asked to provide cops with her passport, she was sent to the hotel to get the original as she only had a copy in her purse.
But before cops could realise, the couple had already fled away by plane to neighbouring Malaysia.
Meanwhile, the 42-year-old victim was treated in a hospital on the neighbouring island of Koh Samui but was soon flown back home to England for reattachment surgery.
Monika said: “The doctors are now trying to save the finger and avoid amputation using a special procedure called wrapping.”
Dentistry professor Florian Beuer, 48, from the university hospital of Charite, in Berlin, explained that humans transmit less force with their front teeth in contrast to their side ones.
He then suspected that biting off the fingertip must have been painful for the Russian woman as well.
Beuer said: “Our teeth are not designed for such forces.”