Monkeys Attack Village: Primates Rampage In Eastern Indonesia, Injure 7

By Jason Van Hoven on January 31, 2013 11:52 AM EST

Monkeys Attack Village
In what could have been a scene out of "Planet of the Apes" on Monday, monkeys attacked an Indonesian village, injuring seven people. (Photo: Creative Commons)

When monkeys attack a village, the first thing you might think of is "Planet of the Apes."

Well, according to The Associated Press, a mob of wild monkeys went on a rampage Monday and attacked a village in eastern Indonesia, actually entering houses and attacking residents. As a result, seven people were injured, including one who is in critical condition.

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Ambo Ella, a spokesman for Sidendeng Rappang District in South Sulawesi province, said that about 10 monkeys carried out a surprise attack in Toddang Pulu village.

A 16-year-old boy was badly bitten when the monkeys attacked the village Monday, and he is being treated at the village hospital.

Ella believed that the monkeys that attacked the village came from a nearby forest protected by a local tribe. It's unclear, though, why the monkeys, which are usually afraid of humans and flee when they hear human voices, came out of nowhere and attacked.

Local authorities are investigating what prompted the monkeys to attack the village, which caused panic among villagers.

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