Monkeys are Evil

From http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21753042/

Monkey injures several people during rampage

Local news reports said as many as 25 people were injured in Indian capital

NEW DELHI – A wild monkey went on a rampage in a low-income neighborhood in the Indian capital, injuring several people, most of them children, police said Monday.

Police sub-inspector Gaje Singh told The Associated Press that the attacks started late Saturday in the Shastri Park area of New Delhi, adding that it was not immediately possible to give an exact tally of the injured. Local news reports said as many as 25 people were injured.

Singh said officers were patrolling the neighborhood in search of the rogue animal.

“But the monkey hasn’t been spotted yet,” Singh said.

People in Shastri Park often sleep outside their homes or on open roofs to escape the heat.

Neighborhood resident Naseema, who goes by one name, carried her 1-year-old daughter into her house in attempts to escape the animal. “The monkey followed me in and buried its teeth in my baby’s leg,” she told the Times of India newspaper.

As New Delhi’s forest cover shrinks, rhesus macaque monkeys have overrun its government buildings, temples and residential areas, occasionally biting passers-by or snatching food from them. A government official died last month when he fell from his balcony during an attack by wild monkeys.

Part of the problem is that devout Hindus believe monkeys are manifestations of the god Hanuman and feed them bananas and peanuts, encouraging them to frequent public places.

Last year, the Delhi High Court reprimanded city authorities for not doing enough to stop the animals from terrifying residents.

City authorities have experimented with using langurs — a larger and fiercer kind of monkey — to scare or catch the macaques, but the problem persists.

From http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7055625.stm

Monkeys attack Delhi politician

The deputy mayor of the Indian capital Delhi has died a day after being attacked by a horde of wild monkeys. SS Bajwa suffered serious head injuries when he fell from the first-floor terrace of his home on Saturday morning trying to fight off the monkeys.

The city has long struggled to counter its plague of monkeys, which invade government complexes and temples, snatch food and scare passers-by.

The High Court ordered the city to find an answer to the problem last year.

Solution elusive

One approach has been to train bands of larger, more ferocious langur monkeys to go after the smaller groups of Rhesus macaques.

The city has also employed monkey catchers to round them up so they can be moved to forests.

But the problem has persisted.

Culling is seen as unacceptable to devout Hindus, who revere the monkeys as a manifestation of the monkey god Hanuman, and often feed them bananas and peanuts.

Urban development around the city has also been blamed for destroying the monkeys’ natural habitat.

Mr Bajwa, a member of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is survived by his wife and a son, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

From http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/gate/archive/2002/12/03/MNmonkey.DTL

Monkey Attacks 23 Women In Japan

Tuesday, December 3, 2002

TOKYO (AP) — A rogue monkey believed to be searching for a mate has attacked 23 women in a northern Japan town, police said Tuesday.

About a dozen police and 30 town officials were searching for the monkey, said Shigeru Arai, deputy chief of police in Suwa town, about 100 miles northwest of Tokyo.

The attacks began Monday, when the monkey bit 14 women as they put out garbage or left home for work, Arai said. Nine more women were attacked Tuesday, he said. Most of the victims were ages 50 to 80.

Most were bit on the legs, and had minor injuries.

The nearby town of Shimosuwa issued a warning to residents of the potential danger, and advised children to travel to school in groups.

Police armed with anesthetic guns, nets and cages poked around in bushes and shook trees on a hillside in their hunt for the animal.

Arai said that monkeys normally travel in groups ‹ but December through February is their mating season, “and they tend to act alone when looking for a mating partner.”

Attacks by monkeys ‹ usually the native Japanese macaque ‹ are not unusual in rural Japan, but one animal is rarely suspected of biting so many people.

Though their thick fur can make them appear much larger, adult macaques weigh an average of 33 pounds and stand about two feet tall.

They are a relatively familiar animal throughout the mountainous areas of Japan, but are considered an endangered species.

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~ by herodotuswept on November 15, 2007.

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