The monkey then leaps in the air and pounces, dealing a powerful blow to the man's back with its feet

The monkey then leaps in the air and pounces, dealing a powerful blow to the man's back with its feet
One unsuspecting pedestrian was viciously assaulted in the street and kicked to the ground in a terrifying attack - by a monkey.

Incredible video footage has captured the moment a man walking along a street was drop-kicked to the ground by the animal.

The monkey can be seen running at speed behind the man, before jumping up and kicking him, dealing a powerful blow to the man's back and knocking him to the ground.

The primate - deceptively stronger than it looks - then flees, pouncing onto a nearby car then escaping over a wall.

Stunned bystanders appear on the scene, clearly shocked by what they have just seen.

The victim, who was knocked flat onto his face, slowly stands up, evidently shaken by the 'attack'.

Footage shows how the man's legs buckle below him and he is knocked straight to the ground

Footage shows how the man's legs buckle below him and he is knocked straight to the ground

The belligerent monkey runs straight at the man with the clear intention of knocking him to the ground.

The footage, captured in an unknown location, was recorded by a CCTV camera.

Uploaded to YouTube only hours ago, the video has already amassed tens of thousands of views.

It is accompanied by the caption: 'This monkey is an amazing wrestler-- the man in the video gets DESTROYED by this monkey's incredible drop-kicking abilities.'

But this is not the first time an unsuspecting human was kicked into shape by a monkey - footage emerged last year of a similar incident in which a man in Shimla, India, was drop-kicked by a monkey after he provoked it.

The monkeys in the region have a terrifying reputation.

They are known to roam about in gangs, stealing tourists' food and rummaging through bags and even peoples' pockets in order to take valuables such as phones and cameras.

Monkey bites across the area are common and in some instances, they have caused deaths when people attempting to flee them have fallen from heights.

Countless attacks prompted calls for the belligerent primates in the area to be sterilised, however this was shut down amid criticisms of animal cruelty.