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India’s Monkey Man of New Delhi monster investigated on Expedition Mungo

Cameraman Paul “Mungo” Mungeam facing the camera on Expedition Mungo
Cameraman Paul “Mungo” Mungeam investigating India’s Monkey Man on Expedition Mungo

The Monkey Man of New Delhi, which caused widespread panic across India’s capital city over claims it was attacking people, is investigated tonight on Animal Planet’s new series Expedition Mungo.

The monster was said to be behind numerous attacks, which led to a wave of fear sweeping the city in 2001.

In some incidents, people reportedly died after jumping from buildings trying to flee the monkey-like creature.

It was said to appear at night and attack people, often in their homes.

Descriptions of the Monkey Man creature varied, with some saying it was about 4ft tall with metal claws, thick black hair, eyes that glowed red and, bizarrely, was wearing a metal helmet and had three buttons on its chest.

Other apparent eye-witnesses said the monster was taller, around 8ft tall — so bigger than a man — more muscular and with a face that looked more like a fox than a monkey.

The panic was so real that at one police released a description of the monster in a bid to get to the bottom of the phenomenon.

An artist's impression of the two different versions of the Monkey Man
An artist’s impression from the Hindustan Times of the Monkey Man. Pic: Hindustan Times

Expedition Mungo sees cameraman Paul “Mungo” Mungeam investigating the various myths and legends he has heard around the world during his career.

At one point during this week’s investigation he speaks to psychiatrist Dr. Nimesh Desai who at the time of the wave of terror compiled a report for the Delhi police.

Psychiatrist Dr. Nimesh Desai talking to Paul Mungeam on Expedition Mungo
Psychiatrist Dr. Nimesh Desai, who compiled a report about the Monkey Man for police

It looked at possible theories behind the Monkey Man, with Dr. Desai concluding that it was a case of mass hysteria.

Last week Expedition Mungo investigated Liberia’s “living dinosaur” the Ghabali.

Expedition Mungo airs Sundays at 10/9c on Animal Planet.

Julian is the editor of Monsters & Critics. He has worked as a journalist for more than ten years, previously as an editor at the world's biggest-selling English language newspaper, The Sun. more

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