Fifteen monkeys kill each other after becoming desperate for water during heatwave

A langur monkey drinks water from a tap in India (Picture: Getty/AFP)

Around 15 primates may have died after clashing over water in 45C temperatures in India, according to reports.

Their carcasses were found in and around caves in a forest in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday.

District forest officer PN Mishra told NDTV six groups of monkeys had to rely on a limited amount of water after a nearby river dried up.

He said: Were probing all possibilities, including the possibility of conflict between groups of monkeys for water in the forest which led to the death of 15 monkeys from a 30-35-strong group of monkeys living in the caves.

Mr Mishra said it was possible some of the smaller monkeys had died of dehydration after being scared away from the watering holes by larger primates.

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Several monkeys were found dead (Picture: Getty)

Autopsies carried out on some of the corpses showed they may have died from heatstroke.



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