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Simian Siege Ends in Gunfire

Monkey Who Terrorized Villagers Shot in Klungkung, East Bali

(3/3/2013) An escalating number of attacks by a crazed monkey in the village of Banjarangkan in Klungkung has apparently come to an end with the shooting of a wild monkey by local hunting clubs.

The shooting follows by 3 days the latest attack by the crazed monkey on Nyoman Gede Astawa (40), who was set upon from behind on Monday, February 25, 2013.

As the result of that attack, the left calf of Astawa’s leg required 35 stitches to close his wounds.

When The Bali Post visited Nyoman Astawa at his house just hours after the attack, the man told of how he was bitten while cutting grass to feed his livestock. While carry bundles of grass back to his home, he felt pain in his left leg that caused him to collapse and fall into the nearby rice field. The monkey continued to rlentlessly attack the man who tried to ward off the primate with his scythe. Finally, threatened with the weapon, the monkey let go of the man's bleeding leg and ran to the nearby jungle.

Losing large amounts of blood, Astawa was taken to the Klungkung General Hospital where he was treated and released.

The region’s secretary, Ketut Janapri, held an emergency meeting with local law enforcement officials, military representatives and village officials to discuss how to deal with the monkey that has left many people frightened to leave their homes to tend fields and livestock.

It was agreed that efforts would be made on two fronts to end the crazed monkey’s attacks. While villagers would try to poison the monkey, others would attempt to hunt the animal down.

On Thursday, February 28, 2013, a large group of hunters and dogs gave chase to the monkey. Hunting dogs took up the animals trail at Tukad Mati River, finally cornering the primate and allowing a member of a local shooting club to dispatch the animal with a single shot to its head.

The animal’s corpse was brought back to the District Chief’s office (Camat) in Banjarangkan where terrified villagers gathered to see the dead monkey. There, local officials and religious leaders deliberated what, if any, special burial rites should be observed for the animal.

Press reports did not mention if there were any plans to test the dead monkey for rabies.

The successful hunters received cash bonuses collected from village associations and local residents.