A pack of 10 monkeys went on a rampage in the town of Toddang Pulu in Sendenreng Rappang, Indonesia, on Tuesday. In their wake, they've left seven people injured—one critically—and one shaken village. "The monkeys, which according to witnesses, numbered at least 10, reportedly emerged from Toddang Lowa forest, about seven kilometers from the village," reports the Jakarta Post. From there, the AP reports that a "surprise attack" ensued, with monkeys entering random houses, biting people and piling onto a 16-year-old boy, who is now in the hospital with bad bites.
Now, we totally understand that monkey attacks might not be a part of your reality, but in Indonesia (for better or worse) it isn't uncommon for some primates to interact with people on a daily basis. As the Daily Mail pointed out, there's a cruel habit in the country of dressing monkeys up in tiny Guy Fieri-like outfits and putting them on motorbikes—which for some reason makes tourists want to give their owners money. And currently, there's a struggle with human encroachment on the monkey-rich jungles in the country.
Ambo Ella, a spokesman for Sidendeng Rappang District in South Sulawesi province, still isn't sure what caused the monkey rampage but he doesn't think deforestation is the answer. "He denied that the animals were forced out of the forest after their natural habitat was damaged by local residents," reports the Jakarta Post. So that doesn't rule out an act of revenge for putting them in those outlets.
Note: Monkey pictured above is not believed to have taken part in the incident.
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