A 70-year-old woman has died in southern India after being attacked by a pack of rampaging monkeys while on her way to the bathroom.
Chataraboina Narsavva was at home in her village in the state of Telangana’s Kamareddy district when the the aggressive creatures pounced on her.
The pensioner, who lived with her daughter in Ramareddy village, was alone at the time of the attack.
Her daughter, who had been away for a wedding, later rushed her mother to hospital, where she died from her injuries.
Rather than being mauled by the animals, police said that Narsavva slipped and hit her head on the floor, the Times of India reports.
She sustained the injuries which she later died from as she tried to escape the mob of monkeys, according to a local police inspector.
Named as Anil, the inspector added that Narsavva had not been bitten by the monkeys during the attack.
‘We have come to know through locals that when the monkeys attacked her, she tried to escape.
‘In the process she slipped and fell down. She suffered head injury and died,’ the circle inspector of Ramareddy police station said.
Narsavva’s family cremated her soon after her death and police are continuing to investigate.
The fatal attack is just the latest in a long line of monkey-related tragedies in India, which is home to millions of primates.
Last year, a five-year-old girl died after being swarmed by ferocious monkeys in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
The young girl, named Narmada, had been playing on the banks of the Nakatiya river in Bareilly.
As the group of children cried for help, local villagers rushed to the scene and rescued the injured girl from the monkeys, The Times of India reported.