Monday, October 22, 2007

DON'T FEED THE MONKEYS

Sometimes there are repercussions to what might appear to be harmless:
Wild monkeys attacked a senior government official who then fell from a balcony at his home and died Sunday, media reported.

New Delhi Deputy Mayor S.S. Bajwa was rushed to a hospital after the attack by a gang of Rhesus macaques, but succumbed to head injuries sustained in his fall, the Press Trust of India news agency and The Times of India reported.

Many government buildings, temples and residential neighborhoods in New Delhi are overrun by Rhesus macaques, which scare passers-by and occasionally bite or snatch food from unsuspecting visitors.

Last year, the Delhi High Court reprimanded city authorities for failing to stop the animals from terrifying residents and asked them to find a permanent solution to the monkey menace.

Part of the problem is that devout Hindus believe monkeys are manifestations of the monkey god Hanuman and feed them bananas and peanuts — encouraging them to frequent public places.
So far I've actually seen more Hanuman statues than I've seen monkeys in India, but when I do see one I won't be feeding it.

1 comment:

John said...

I've seen quite a few on the highway South about an hour out of Hyderabad. I fed a few but always through a mostly closed car window - they're vicious brutes.

Heading back to India Monday. Your prayers are appreciated!