- "People in India often find it difficult to distinguish between fantasy and reality."
- —Sanal Edamaruku(source)
The sightings of the Monkey Man took place in 2001 in the Asian subcontinent and country India. The Monkey Man caused thousands of sightings at first, and the sightings were very inconsistent in nature. Although the inconsistent reports made the whole concept appear as a hoax, it still had thousands panicked, and children were sent relative's houses. The sightings appeared all over the newspaper and television.
The Monkey Man soon began "attacking" people in reports, leading the families to fear. The attacks were usually early in the morning, about 4:00 am or so. On May 19, the New Delhi local police said that almost three hundred reports were made, of which most were hoaxes. The attacks were sometimes said to be accompanied with a loud whistle or thumping sound. The "attacks" were mostly just rat bites or regular monkey bites.
Explanations from people were in the extreme. There were several theories on how the being was created/came to Earth. Some said the creature was a scientist's failed experiment, while others said that the creature was some kind of half-man half-robot alien. Still others suggested the possibility of a Pakastani creation. However, looking at most of the evidence, it is almost certain that the creature was either a hoax or just an exaggeration on a real attack from a monkey. Another explanation is the fact that a TV show about the Hindu monkey god Hanuman and his supernatural feats was being shown.