Two monkeys have been captured by authorities in India after they killed around 250 dogs in “revenge” attacks following the death of a baby monkey.
Radhakishan Sonawane, from Lavool village, told the website the attacks had been happening for three months, with the two monkeys taking away puppies and placing them on roofs or other places high up.
The monkeys were transported to a forest near Nagpur where they were released. Images released by ANI show the monkeys caged after being captured.
Maharashtra | 2 monkeys involved in the killing of many puppies have been captured by a Nagpur Forest Dept team in Beed, earlier today. Both the monkeys are being shifted to Nagpur to be released in a nearby forest: Sachin Kand, Beed Forest Officer pic.twitter.com/3fBzCj273p— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2021
Officials with the forest department from the Beed district of Maharashtra state said the monkeys were trapped on Sunday and released in their natural habitat. “Two monkeys involved in the killing of many puppies have been captured by a Nagpur Forest Department team in Beed,” Sachin Kand, Beed forest officer, told India‘s ANI news agency.
Some monkey species are known to practice revenge, either directly or indirectly. In 2017, researchers published a study that looked at the social interactions of macaques. They analyzed 500 hours of video, including 15,000 episodes of aggression. They found monkeys tracked their associates’ behavior and would carry out revenge.
Range Forest Officer Amol Munde said he was aware of three to four cases of puppies dying after being taken by two monkeys in Lavool. He said he was not aware of dogs killing a baby monkey in the village, so does not believe the deaths were retaliatory in nature. “They take care of puppies. They used to keep puppies on roofs or tall trees,” he told News18.