Monkeys go bananas, kill over 200 puppies in India
- Monkeys started attacking dogs when an infant monkey was killed by dogs
- In Lavpool village, monkeys have killed all the dogs
- In some of the places, villagers, who tried to rescue the dogs, were attacked
A group of monkeys in India killed 250 pups in a bid to take “revenge” on the local dog population this month. The monkeys have thrown pups off of the top of tall buildings and trees.
According to News18, since then whenever monkeys see a dog coming near their area, they catch them and throw them from a tall building or a tree to the ground.
In the neighbouring village of Lavool the monkeys have fully eliminated all the dogs. After all the dogs were killed in the village, residents contacted forest department officials to catch the monkeys. But when officials attempted to catch the monkeys, they were unable to capture a single primate. Now, villagers in Lavool are being chased by the monkeys, some have even been attacked.
‘Monkeys are aggressive when they are attacked’
According to Stephanie Poindexter, an assistant professor at SUNY Buffalo whose research focuses on primate behavioural ecology, said studies have shown that animals—primarily monkeys—can practice revenge.
"We've seen that when an individual is attacked in some way, the likelihood of them attacking someone related to their aggressor is higher," Poindexter told Gizmodo. "Typically there's a preference for attacking a third-party associated with the original aggressor, as opposed to the actual aggressor...for the most part, these acts of 'revenge' take place shortly after the attack."
Poindexter also explained that groups of hyenas have been known to seek revenge on the aggressor's relatives instead of the actual aggressor.
After the forest department was unable to capture any of the monkeys, villagers began attempting to rescue the dogs on their own. But some of them have found themselves subject to the monkeys' retaliation, and some have even injured themselves or fallen from buildings, News18 reported.