Monkeys Manhandle New Delhi

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2007 10:31 AM CST
Wild monkeys huddle in a cage after being caught by trappers at the Delhi Ridge forest, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – What separates man from monkeys? In New Delhi, precious little. The Indian capital is being overrun by anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 of the marauding primates, which have caused numerous recent injuries—not to mention a fall that killed the city's deputy mayor. But the monkey's sacred status complicates their removal, AFP reports.

The city's 35,000 sacred cows and buffaloes have long roamed free; only the simians are proving to be a menace. "As I moved inside, the monkey followed and sank its teeth in my baby's leg," said one mother. Neighboring areas don't want the urban primates because they bully their local counterparts, and New Delhi's mayor blames a shortage of monkey catchers.