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An Untested Monkey?

Police Shoots Monkey Suspected of Murderous Attacks in East Bali

(5/20/2012) After being hunted for five days, the enraged monkey thought to have killed Nyoman Gunung (65) of Nongan, Karengasem was shot and killed by police from the Rendang police precinct on Saturday, May 19, 2012.

Luring the suspected homicidal monkey with poisoned bananas, police says the monkey was unaffected by the toxins compelling police snipers and other police officers to dispatch the animal with multiple shots to the monkey's head and abdomen.

According to Radar Bali, villagers gathered to view the corpse of dead primate that had aggressively hospitalized one village and killed another.

Villagers expressed their relief that the monkey had been killed and thanked police for ending the animal's reign of terror that saw villagers frightened to even bathe in a local river or work in their rice fields.

In keeping with local traditions, the dead monkey was given a funeral ceremony before being buried in the forest at a place near the location of its shooting.

Press reports did not, however, confirm that tests were performed on the dead monkey's remains to determine whether or not the animal had been infected with rabies. Such tests would have ended speculation that Bali’s rabies epidemic had extended to include its primate population.

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