Two Monkeys Tie the Knot in India

Owner defy authorities, perform arranged marriage
By Sarah Whitmire,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2011 3:00 PM CDT
File photo: Maybe Raju and Chinki will reunite in the wild.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – It’s a tale of forbidden love in a tiny Indian village—the marriage of Raju and Chinki happened in a secret location deep in the woods, for fear authorities would break up the illegal union. See, the bride and groom are monkeys, and their owners are technically forbidden from owning or training primates under Indian law, let alone pairing them off in an arranged marriage, Reuters explains. Still, the owners planned a lavish wedding and sent out hundreds of invitations, which is how authorities got wind of it.

Police raided the village on the big day and found the guests, but the monkey owners had escaped with Raju and Chinki into the woods, where they performed the ceremony. Authorities have since captured the monkeys and hope to release them into the wild. "I know my son Raju, with his wife Chinki, will come back home," said Raju's owner. "I will have a big reception for them."

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