There's no doubt that monkeys are mischievous creatures, but the small South African town of Kagiso has gone so far as to accuse one of witchery.

Town members reported that the monkey separated from its troop and began "talking" to residents and casting spells of bad luck over them.

Though an amusing story to outsiders, the tale took a grim turn after the town, located just outside Johannesburg, decided to exterminate the vervet monkey. It was stoned, shot and burned on the streets as residents yelled, "Kill that witch!"

Animal welfare groups in South Africa and around the globe have deemed the town's actions as "barbaric." Many believe that such cruelty toward animals like monkeys is due to a lack of education about them.

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