“The bodies were decomposing; we have to take all precautions. We have burnt few carcasses”
District Forest Official
Around 15 of the primates perished this week in the Joshi Baba forest range in Bagli, Dewas, Madhya Pradesh.
It is not known why they died, but it is thought they could have succumbed to heatstroke as the region is hit by a heat wave.
The group met their tragic fate as a rival group reportedly took control of the nearby water source and didn’t allow the other group to access it and drink.
Local forest officials have subsequently admitted burning the rotting carcasses of some of the beats, fearing they might have died of an unknown infection.
“The bodies were decomposing; we have to take all precautions. We have burnt few carcasses,” said District Forest Official, PN Mishra.
“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.”
He explained that arrangements for better access to water sources in the forest are being made for the wild animals.
Mishra added that the internal organs of some of the dead monkeys have been sent to a laboratory for examination.