Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Monkeys To The Rescue

That's a monkeyThe Commonwealth Games-the quadrennial athletic competition between current and former members of the British empire-begin this Sunday in Delhi, India, and have been plagued with difficulties, particularly at the athletes' village, which is still under construction. The athletes are also being bothered by snakes, stray dogs and, of course, monkeys. And how do you solve a problem like monkeys? Bigger monkeys!

Reports yesterday said officials had hired a number of snake charmers to work around the village, trapping snakes for the sum of 1,000 rupees (£14) for each reptile. An animal rescue organisation, Wildlife SOS, is also working to catch snakes. At the same time, officials have increased the number of langur monkey handlers working around the Games site. Delhi is besieged by hordes of simian hooligans in the form of common rhesus monkeys who clamber over buildings and pester people, but which are scared of the larger langur monkeys.

Around 40 langur handlers are now to be employed at various venues. "These langurs will be deployed at strategic points that will scare away the monkeys," an official told the Hindustan Times newspaper.

Up next: finding something bigger than a langur monkey. I mean, right?

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scrooge (#2,697)

Echoes of the world's first "international expo" c.1860, the Crystal Palace Exhibition. Problem with sparrows. Everybody flummoxed. Victoria calls in old Wellington.
"Sparrowhawks, ma'am".

LondonLee (#922)

And to solve the Sparrowhawks problem: "Pigeons with knives, ma'am"

And to solve the Pigeoncutting problem: Chavs with pints.

deepomega (#1,720)

And to solve the Chavpinting problem: ASBOs.

Mindpowered (#948)

That or one way tickets to Falaraki.

BadUncle (#153)

Just bring in a herd of head-butting cows.

scroll_lock (#4,122)

Don't be absherd.

saythatscool (#101)

They should just try spanking those monkeys.

That always tires me out.

scroll_lock (#4,122)

Peter Gabriel has just the idea for those monkeys, if he could only find his jumper cables.

conklin (#364)

This reminds me of when my friends and I would sit around the dorm, arguing about whether God could intelligently design a monkey so big that God Himself couldn't scare it away. Good times.

This is how snails and kudzu started, right?

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

So wait – they're scared of titchy little langur monkeys but not six-foot simians with cricket bats?

zidaane (#373)

They're not as predisposed to ripping off faces.

@Z: We agreed never to mention that again!

KarenUhOh (#19)

"Please, Mr. Kong. Just one more movie."

Smitros (#5,315)

Any of those monkeys named Maria?

zidaane (#373)

This comment from the link was amusing.

"Could we see some decent pictures of the village? So far, I have seen the dirty filthy one but not the rest.

Let's have a fair picture of how much is improved since last week.

Also post more dirty filthy pic if there is anything else. I have seen enough repeats from almost every single newspapers in the UK. Is that what UK media do, passing around the same pictures to every other newspapers?"

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