A Spanish tourist was injured in a violent monkey attack inside Indian Taj Mahal. The creatures roam free at the world famous monument.
The woman, Sandra, was visiting the 17th-century monument on Monday when she was bitten by the monkey.
She was reportedly taking photos at the Taj Mahal when the vicious primates launched their attack.
The tourist was injured in her leg and received emergency treatment at the scene by officials of the Archaeological Survey of India.
She was then taken to hospital for treatment and an eyewitness said the woman was “crying in pain”.
Yogesh Paras, a photographer on site, said: “I saw the woman crying in pain around 7 a.m. near the main mausoleum.
“She was attacked by monkeys. One had bitten her in the left leg.”
There are an estimated 50 million monkeys in India and there have been increasing reports of attacks in recent years.
More than 10,000 monkeys are believed to roam the city of Agra, where the Taj Mahal is located.
Experts have also said incidents can occur when tourists get too close to monkeys to take photos.
The monkeys are sometimes fed by humans, which are thought to be partly responsible for the increase in their numbers.
People who have been bitten by a monkey should seek medical attention as it can be dangerous due to the risk of rabies.
The Taj Mahal is India’s most iconic monument and is visited by up to eight million people a year.