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Two monkeys captured for allegedly killing puppies in ‘retaliation’ in Maharashtra

Residents in Maharashtra’s Beed district claim that monkeys have killed several puppies in “retaliation” after some dogs killed an infant monkey.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: December 19, 2021 4:33:51 pm
An official from the sub-divisional office, revenue department in Majalgaon taluk, said there is no proof that the monkeys acted in retaliation. (File)

Forest officials from Aurangabad on Saturday captured two monkeys for allegedly killing several puppies in Lavool village in Maharashtra’s Beed district.

Lavool residents claim that monkeys have killed several puppies in “retaliation” after some dogs killed an infant monkey.

However, an official from the sub-divisional office, revenue department in Majalgaon taluk, said there is no proof that the monkeys acted in retaliation.

“This is said to have enraged the monkeys who in retaliation are killing the puppies of dogs as per local residents. But we do not have any proof to back up this theory. Its animal behaviour and we cannot ascertain why they are behaving like this,” said the official.

Confirming that “some puppies have been killed by the monkeys”, Beed district collector Rabhabinod Sharma told The Indian Express they cannot ascertain why the puppies were targeted.

“To some extent the news is true. We cannot confirm the figures of deaths either but some puppies of dogs have been killed by monkeys. We also cannot confirm why this is happening, whether they (monkeys) are actually angry with dogs because we do not know animal behaviour.”

P V Munde, senior police inspector of Majalgaon grahmin (rural) police, said: “The issue is true but we do not have any evidence to say how many puppies of dogs have been killed. But yesterday forest officials from Aurangabad came and captured two monkeys.”

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