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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The right answer is always bigger, meaner monkeys

Deputy mayor of Delhi dead after monkey attack. Yes, you read that right:
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.

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.
Two questions:
(1) So it's unacceptable to cull the monkeys according to Hinduism but okey-dokey to form a monkey death squad (HT mjweber) that will get the job done?

(2) what larger, more ferocious animal can they introduce on the streets of Delhi after the langur monkeys go out of control?

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