An OAP has died and his son is in hospital after their pet monkey rebelled after being sent to ‘monkey school’ to learn how to gather coconuts and bit them upon its return.
The incident happened when the man, 72-year-old Ngah Muhammad, took the monkey to a coconut grove behind his house in an area of Kampung Lebang Besar, in Kuala Nerus District, in North-western Malaysia’s Terengganu State.
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Neighbours revealed that the monkey was regarded as well-trained and had even been sent to a local ‘monkey school’ to be taught how to climb coconut trees for his human family, according to local media.
The man’s son, Mohd Zakaria Ngah, 29, grew suspicious when he could not hear the sound of either the monkey or of coconuts falling to the ground, and he went to investigate.
He then spotted his father lying on the ground unconscious after having the artery on his wrist severed.
He said he had not at first realised the wound was caused by the monkey, but when he went to attend his father the monkey attacked him, biting him on the neck and causing him to scream. This raised the alarm with neighbours who came to his rescue and they were able to drive the monkey off.
Mohd told local media the family had purchased the monkey when it was young “so it could climb up the coconut tree behind our house”.
Speaking from the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital, he said: “I was at home when it happened. After some time had passed, I found it weird because it was quiet. I did not hear my dad, there was no sound of coconuts falling and there was no sound from the monkey.
“When I arrived at the scene, I was shocked to find my father lying cold on the ground, not moving, and not far from the monkey, with his right hand bleeding.”
The man who came to his rescue, 36-year-old Mohd Azman Mohd Yusof, said he ran there after hearing the screaming and realise that the older man was already dead, and so he had helped the son back home.
He then called the PERHILITAN (Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia) who tranquilised and captured the monkey.
It was not revealed what type of monkey it was or what will happen to it now.
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