August 7th, 2014

Planet of the Apes 2014

Need to share this as I thought it was a great article.  Thank you Mr P :-)

Originally posted by pigshitpoet at Planet of the Apes 2014
Monkeys prowl the grounds of the Presidential Palace in New Delhi

Parliament Monkeys

India's new government won an overwhelming mandate in the recent elections, and now it has taken on another parliamentary foe: marauding monkeys. In a capital city where cows roam the streets and elephants plod along in the bus lanes, it's no surprise to find government buildings overrun with monkeys. Hindus believe that monkeys are manifestations of the monkey god, Hanuman, and worshippers come to Raisina Hill every Tuesday handing out bananas. While fuzzy macaques, along with elephants, peacocks, stray dogs and parrots provide a colourful backdrop to Delhi life, they also pose a public health hazard. The number of reported monkey bites is second in India only to dog bites, according to the World Health Organisation, with some attacks proving lethal. Macaques are crafty pickpockets, known to open refrigerators, and brazenly snatch lunch pails from government workers, Atul K. Gupta, of the Wildlife Institute of India, said. "They have learned the tricks of finding food in an urban environment. They belong in forests, but deforestation and human settlement are driving them to become criminals and terrorists.”

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