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Boy, 5, plunges to his death after gang of monkeys chase him off roof

When the ferocious animals attacked him in the Indian village of Jagat, the 5-year-old Nikhil lost his balance and fell from the roof of his home
(Representational Image: Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
(Representational Image: Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA: A five-year-old boy was being chased by a group of monkeys when he sadly plunged to his death in a tragic incident on Sunday night, September 11. When the ferocious animals attacked Nikhil, he fell from the roof of his home in the Indian village of Jagat, in Uttar Pradesh. Nikhil was hospitalized and in critical condition but later he died from his wounds. According to the boy's father, Nekram, he was playing alone on the roof when the attack occurred. He was attempting to flee the pursuing monkeys when he fell, reported The Sun.

According to Sanjay Singh, SHO of the Alapur police station, "His relatives had declined to have the body sent for an autopsy. We didn't press the family because it was an accident." Monkey attacks are very common in India especially when they are not given food, they occasionally get violent and cause fights. Particularly in towns of northern India like Delhi, Chandigarh, and Shimla, they are thought to "wreak havoc." In the capital city alone, nearly 1,800 cases of monkey bites are documented each year.


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A month ago, The Times of India reported that a man died in Uttar Pradesh after falling from his home's roof while attempting to flee a sizable troop of agitated monkeys, on August 30. Horilal, 52, was sitting on his roof of his house when thirty monkey surrounded him before they charged at him. Media report state that the man, a farmer, tried to escape the monkeys but fell to the ground below instead. His neighbors hurried him to the hospital because of his life-threatening wounds.

Another country facing the "monkey menace" is Japan. Back in July 25 this year, local officials in Yamaguchi, Japan, said they had to start using tranquillizer guns to stop roving monkeys that have recently wounded 42 people. Japanese macaques can be found in many areas of the country and are considered a plague, devouring crops and even breaking into homes. However, a recent uptick in monkey assaults in a city in western Japan has been exceptional, leaving adults and kids with bites and scratches. 

"All of Yamaguchi city is surrounded by mountains and it's not rare to see monkeys," a city official from the agricultural department said, declining to give her name. Although the injuries have mostly been minor thus far, authorities now use tranquillizer guns after their set traps failed to capture any of the troublesome creatures. The city isn't sure if a single angry person or a group of monkeys are responsible for the attacks. The simian burglars have occasionally entered through windows or by sliding open screen doors. Since the first assaults around July 8, city authorities and police have patrolled the area, but no monkeys have been captured yet. The topic has gained attention in Japan since then, where locals have reported frequent incursions.