Monkeys are generally afraid of humans, making the attack on the Indonesian village all the more bizarre. PHOTO: Reuters
Wild monkeys attacked a small village, called Toddang Pulu, in Eastern Indonesia. The monkeys entered people's homes and attacked them. Seven people were injured, one of whom is in critical condition. According to Ambo Ella, a spokesman for Sidendeng Rappang District in South Sulawesi province, about 10 monkeys entered the village, probably from a nearby forest. A 16 year-old boy was badly bitten, and is being treated in the hospital.
No one seems to know what in the world "inspired" the attack. Monkeys are typically afraid of humans, and will run away when they hear human voices. Chimps have been known to raid the camps of other monkeys, even killing them for meat, but no deaths were reported. The forest that Ambo Ella believes they came out of is five miles from the village, meaning that this attack was likely planned. Maybe not sketched out in dirt, but the monkeys likely knew where they were going and what they were doing when they left their forest for Toddang Pulu. Spooky.