According to reports in India, monkeys in the villages of Majalgaon and Lavel, Maharashtra state, were furious over the killing of another primate and have retaliated brutally
Two vengeful monkeys who killed 250 dogs by throwing them out of buildings and trees were captured.
The spate of fatal attacks reportedly came from angry primates after a pack of dogs beat a baby monkey to death.
According to reports in India, monkeys in the villages of Majalgaon and Lavel, western Maharashtra state, were angry at the killing and have perpetrated brutal revenge over the past month.
Their attacks were reportedly not limited to dogs, but targeted local children.
Villagers told News18 website that packs of monkeys were seen surrounding dogs and dragging them to high places.
The dogs were then thrown to their deaths, it is reported.
One villager even told Press Trust India that the monkeys were effectively starving the dogs. The man said, “At such altitudes these pups are not given either food or water.
“So they died naturally many times. But sometimes they fell from a height and died. Over 200 puppies have lost their lives in our village.”
One image appears to show a monkey carrying a pup to the edge of a building, while separate footage shows dog and primates chases in the streets.
But now officials from the Beed District Forestry Department in Maharashtra state have reportedly captured the monkeys.
They were caught on Sunday and released in their natural habitat.
Stephanie Poindexter, an assistant professor at SUNY Buffalo whose research focuses on primate behavioral ecology, said monkeys seek exact revenge.
She said, “In studies of captive primates and social groups in zoos, we have seen that if a person is attacked in any way, they are more likely to attack someone related to their aggressor.
“Usually it is better to target a third party associated with the original attacker than the actual attacker.”