On Tuesday, November 14, 2023, in Gujarat, India, a 10-year-old boy was attacked and killed by a group of monkeys.
In the Gandhinagar district, within the village of Salki, Dipak Thakor was playing near a temple when he was set upon by monkeys known for their hostile behavior. The attack resulted in the boy receiving multiple deep wounds from the monkeys’ claws and teeth, leading to fatal injuries.
Local authorities reported that one monkey was particularly violent, pulling out the boy’s intestines and contributing to the severity of Thakor’s injuries. After being rushed home and then to the hospital, he was pronounced dead.
This tragic incident is part of a series of monkey attacks in Salki, marking the third occurrence in a week. The monkeys, including four adults exhibiting increased aggression, have not been captured yet. Vishal Chaudhary, a forest official, stated that the capture of these animals is a priority, with two already secured and more traps set for the others.
These attacks are part of a wider pattern of dangerous encounters with monkeys throughout India. An earlier incident this year involved the abduction of a three-year-old child by a monkey, who was later rescued following police intervention. Villagers also said more than 250 dogs had been killed by the monkeys in recent months.
These events highlight growing concerns about the safety issues arising from wildlife and human interactions in the country.