A war appears to have broken out between monkeys and dogs in India’s Maharashtra province.
The monkeys have reportedly killed 250 dogs by carrying them to the top of high buildings and throwing them off.
According to locals, the hostilities broke out after a pack of dogs killed a baby monkey.
The village of Lavool has not one dog remaining, according to local news site News18.
Video clips emerging from the area appear to confirm the reports. In one image a monkey can be seen carrying a puppy towards the edge of a building and in another, a pack of dogs appears to be chasing down a monkey.
The violence seems to be spilling over, with monkeys apparently attacking humans when they try to protect their pets.
There are also reports of young children being assaulted by gangs of monkeys. In one disturbing report, an eight-year-old was grabbed by a troop of monkeys that tried to drag the child away before being driven off by adults throwing rocks.
According to News18, at least pet owner has themselves fallen from a building while trying to rescue their dog from the marauding monkeys.
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Fearless monkeys will grab any food they see and have scratched and bitten visitors in an attempt to get snacks.
In one case, a small baby was killed by a monkey.
Speaking to India Today, one local resident said: "The terror of the monkeys is so pervasive that women and children are scared of going up on the roof of their houses, which have almost been taken over by monkeys."
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