Warring monkeys kill two men in India: A violent clash between two groups of primates causes a wall to collapse, crushing a couple to death
- In the Indian city of Agra, two men were killed by a gang of warring monkeys
- The accident occurred in a house under construction, the wall of which was about to be removed
- Owner Laxman Tulisiani and workers, referred to only as Veera, were standing near the wall when 35 monkeys began fighting and knocking against them
- The wall collapsed and fell 10 feet on the couple, resulting in fatal head injuries
Two men were killed by a tribe of warring monkeys after the primates collapsed part of a house in northern India.
Laxman Tulisiani, a gold trader and owner of the house, and a worker known only as Veera were killed in the city of Agra on Monday evening.
Police said the couple are inspecting the derelict property, which was under construction and was due to remove a wall on the third flood.
Two men were killed after a fight between two groups of monkeys in the Indian city of Agra caused a wall to collapse on them (file picture).
Tulisiani and Veera were standing under the wall on the second floor of the property when suddenly a mass brawl broke out between 35 monkeys.
The fighting primates knocked on the wall, causing it to collapse and fall 10 feet on the men below, Indian news agency IANS reported.
Rescue workers managed to pull the couple out of the rubble and they were taken to a nearby medical center, but both were pronounced dead from head injuries.
This is not the first time monkeys have killed people in Agra.
In November of last year, a 12-day-old baby and a 58-year-old woman were killed in two fatal attacks.
During the first attack, a troop of monkeys broke into a woman's home while she was nursing her child in the Kachhara area and tore the baby away from them.
Locals hunted the monkey that was carrying the child and tried to seduce them with food, but it bit the child as people approached before they fled.
The baby was taken to a nearby hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.
Homeowner Laxman Tulisiani and worker Veera were inspecting a property under construction in Agra city Monday night when they were killed
In the second attack, a 58-year-old woman was bitten by monkeys when she relieved herself in front of her house on the outskirts of the city at night.
She was attacked by a group of monkeys who caused her to "bleed profusely" through a series of bite wounds.
She was taken to the hospital but later died of her injuries.
Tourists in Agra, where the Taj Mahal is located, have also been attacked by the monkeys in recent years, while locals complain of frequent, non-fatal encounters.
Agra is home to thousands of rhesus monkeys, whose populations typically increase thanks to the abundance of food that tourists and locals revere for their links to Hinduism.
However, as the population increases, so do territorial disputes and violent encounters with people.
The monkeys have also seen large parts of their natural habitat destroyed by the expanding city, forcing them into close contact with one another.
City workers have tried to stem the population boom by moving some monkeys to the countryside and sterilizing others, although efforts so far have proven largely ineffective.
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