Horrified officials found more than 30 dead monkeys put in bags after apparently poisoned.
The gruesome findings, including young primates, were made in Telangana, India, on Tuesday, Nov. 17.
A Forest Department official said on Wednesday that the monkeys died of suspected poisoning before putting them in burlap bags.
Their carcasses were found on a small hill near Shanigapuram village, he said.
The bodies were highly decomposed and a post-mortem could not be performed, it said Hindustan Times.
One report said, “The monkeys are suspected to have been poisoned. At the moment it is not clear who did this action.
“Whether it’s farmers (to protect their crop) or someone else. We are informing,” said the official when speaking to PTI by phone.
Earlier this year, heartbreaking photos showed 13 dead monkeys floating in a river in India that are believed to have been poisoned – causing ‘panic’ in the area.
The alleged poisoning of the water source occurred in a reservoir, which is part of the Katirail water supply plant operated by the Public Health Engineering Department, on the afternoon of June 7.
A spokesperson for the plant said: “This has caused panic among the people because water is coming out of the plant and that happened on Sunday.
“Forest officials have collected the bodies and sent them for post-mortem examination.”
Although the autopsy results have not yet been released, the spokesman said it is suspected someone has intentionally poisoned the water.
In April, the bodies of a troop of 14 macaques were discovered over two days in the village of Pawansa, Sambhal district.
Local vet Dr. Neeraj Gautam, who had previously examined monkey carcasses, suspected the monkeys may have eaten poison.
However, he noted with interest that the dead monkeys’ lungs were swollen and their body temperature showed that they had a high fever – symptoms similar to the coronavirus that caused respiratory infection Covid-19.