In pictures: India's monkey business
May 28, 2013
A rhesus macaque makes its escape after stealing some bread. Packs cruise Delhi’s streets, snatching food from the unwitting, nipping at the heels of the unwary and even stealing into homes – in general, making a public nuisance of themselves.
Murari, a Delhi monkey catcher, walks on the roadside with his grey langur monkey called 'Mangal Singh'. His job is curb the shenanigans of the smaller rhesus monkey, but a new decree has ordered that the languars can no longer be used to police the stree???
The monkey problem has grown in the wake of the langur ban, and a deal is in the works between India’s Central Zoo Authority, the Wildlife of Authority of India and the California National Primate Research Center. They hope to address the macaque menace???
Monkeys are revered in Hinduism, and devout Hindus often feed them, encouraging them to live in urban areas. As they become accustomed to interacting with humans they can become more aggressive, stealing food rather than waiting for handouts.
Everyone it seems, has a story to tell about a monkey attack. For Manoj Kesari, a Delhi food vendor, a pack of monkeys made off with his groceries.
Mr Kesari said neighbourhoods depended on men like Mr Khan to keep the monkeys away, “so our children can go to school safely and our wives can walk around without fear of being attacked”.