In a strange and tragic accident that once again shows that, much like humans, monkeys are total assholes, the former chairman of one’s China’s most beloved candy brands was murdered by a rock-kicking monkey.
Weng Mao, the former head of Guan Sheng Yuan Co. Ltd., manufacturer of the iconic White Rabbit milk sweets — known as Da Baitu (大白兔) — that have been the favorite treats of generations of Chinese kids, was visiting Henan’s scenic Yuntai Mountain last week when he was tragically killed.
According to a brief statement released by the park, Weng had been “accidentally hit by a rock from above which was kicked down by a monkey.” He was sent to a local hospital, where he later died.
Yuntai Mountain is famous for its wild monkeys, as well as a glass bridge that was opened late last year, and immediately cracked after just two weeks, freaking out tourists. Maybe just give it a miss next time you’re in Henan.
Weng retired in 2010, a couple of years after the Shanghai-based candy company was hit with accusations of formaldehyde and melamine contamination in its sweets exported abroad to the Philippines and Singapore; and before its Year of the Rabbit comeback.
Some netizens couldn’t help but add some sarcastic comments to Weng’s eulogy:
“Big white rabbits had better not play with golden snub-nosed monkeys…” one netizen wrote.
“Travel well, I hope that there are no monkeys in heaven,” another commented.
WARNING: Be careful around wild monkeys, not to lose your life or your phone:
[Images via CCTV]