A dozen monkeys were on Monday found dead after they suffered simultaneous heart attacks, not long after they were scared by a tiger in a forest in India
They were said to have been discovered by some forest department workers who were shocked by the apparent mass death.
When Vets in the Kotwali Mohammadi area of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh carried out investigations, postmortems reportedly revealed they all had heart attacks at the same time.
Vet Dr. Sanjeev Kumar said: ‘It was confirmed in the post-mortem report that the monkeys died due to cardiac arrest.
‘The monkeys could have died due to tiger’s roar as tigers often traverse that area.’
According to him, Forest department workers found the monkeys on Monday and an upsetting video shows them stuffing the bodies in polythene bags
He said villagers reported that tigers are often in the area and were heard roaring at the time of the deaths.
The claim of a mass heart attack has been criticised by wildlife experts, however, who suggest the animals were more likely to have died from an infection.