A furry vigilante with an axe to grind is on a one-monkey mission to avenge the killing of his family member by a train in India. The monkey has been blamed for a spate of attacks on train drivers in recent days, and officials say he shows no signs of stopping.
A.K. Jha, spokesperson for a railway operator in Bihar, told the Indo-Asian News Service the monkey is out "to take revenge for the death of one of its siblings," warning others to keep on alert for the angry simian.
Jha says the trouble all began last week after a train struck and killed a monkey on the tracks. Not long after, two different train conductors were assaulted by the dead monkey's bereaved; a third managed to escape the attack by locking the door to his compartment, reports India Today.
It's unclear at what point the monkey will end his campaign of terror, but train drivers have been advised to keep an eye out lest they become the next to encounter him. This monkey's strong response to the death of his sibling, if that is indeed the case, is hardly surprising considering the strong social bonds shared between many primate species.
Last year, a monkey was captured on film reviving a companion who had been knocked unconscious by an electric wire at a train station in India. Fortunately, the pair were both able to escape with their lives as a result.
Not everyone is so lucky, but loyalty between primates isn't quick to end, even in death.