Conflict among humans for scarce water in the season of searing heat isn’t new. But a clash between groups of monkeys for water in the jungles of west-central Madhya Pradesh is certainly shocking and alarming at the same time.
Going by the several media reports, at least 15 monkeys were found dead in Joshi Baba forest range in Bagli, Dewas, Madhya Pradesh. The group met the tragic fate as another group of monkeys allegedly controlled the nearby water source and didn’t allow the group to access it.
“The nearby water source is controlled by another group of monkeys that didn’t let this group of monkey’s access water, which might have resulted in their death,” said District Forest Official, PN Mishra.
Forest officials have even admitted burning the decomposing carcasses of some monkeys fearing that they might have died of some infection. “The bodies were decomposing; we have to take all precautions. We have burnt few carcasses,” said Mishra.
While nine monkeys were found dead in the caves and outside on Thursday, six more carcasses were found on Friday, when the DFO led a team to the spot, located 65 km from the district headquarters.
Autopsy by veterinary experts has revealed heat stroke as a possible cause of death, but the forest department is sending viscera samples to a lab in Sagar for further analysis to ascertain the possibility of any contagious disease having caused the deaths.