On Feb. 1, new reports say monkeys recently barged into random homes in the Indonesia village of Toddang Pulu. These rambunctious beasts, who came out of their usual habit in the Toddang Lowa forest, ultimately did damage to the unsuspecting residents that became their victims.
According to Time by way of the Associated Presss, one such victim of the wild primate attack was a 16-year-old who had to be hospitalized after suffering severe monkey bites received when these critters arrived at this person's home in the middle of the night.
So why did these monkeys decide to descend on this quiet enclave located in eastern Indonesia?
The answer is sketchy, but monkeys living in Southeast Asia and elsewhere can easily be provoked, according to About.com.
These critters may look cute and even innocuous, but they can get upset by the presence of any sign of aggression. That said, even a smile will apparently get a monkey from the wild riled. To illustrate the subtlety of how sensitive a monkey can be, he or she will get angry if you simply show your teeth to this species since this gesture is perceived as "a sign of threat and aggression."
Still, that's doesn't answer the question of why these particular monkeys left their forest home to descend on Tottang Pulu residences in a pack of ten.
Ambo Ella, a spokeswoman for the Sidendeng Rappang District of this part of Indonesia, addressed this issue, saying that these wild animals were not "forced out of the forest by local residents." In fact, she added, "...the To Lotang indigenous people still use the forest to hold their rituals."
So, when the team of monkeys attacked Toddang Pulu abodes, seven unsuspecting inhabitants living in this tiny Indonesian village were injured with at least person ending up in critical condition. Whether or not the monkeys will return to the same place as these primates chose to visit when they initially attacked these modest homes in Southeast Asia remains to be seen.