Thousands of marauding monkeys terrorise Indian city with attacks on tourists and farms
Thousands of monkeys are terrorising an Indian city with frequent attacks on tourists and farms after sterilisations and illegal poisonings failed to stop them.
Most of the macaques in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, left the city for the countryside to look for food during India's nationwide coronavirus lockdown.
But the monkeys have returned to bully inhabitants and snatch grocery bags as lockdown restrictions have eased.
Up to 50 troops of hungry monkeys now prowl the former colonial British summer escape in the Himalayan hills.
The city of 160,000 people has long been a major draw for tourists seeking to avoid India's summer heat but food waste they leave behind has become a magnet for the macaques.
Nand Lal, 46, showed his wounds from one altercation with the animals this month, which required multiple anti-rabies injections afterwards.
She said: 'I was passing a group of monkeys when the dominant male suddenly attacked me and three others piled in.
'Luckily I could grab a stick and fight them off. I had bruises all over my face and head. I was bleeding from a bite on my back.'
'People are very scared and they don't know what to do,' according to retired High Court judge Kuldeep Chand Sood, who pointed to a bite in his leg inflicted as he sat reading on the terrace of his home.
Speaking at his home in the macaque-infested Sanjauli district, he said: 'I was just going through my book when suddenly a big monkey attacked and bit me.'
Many Sanjauli homes now have metal cages over their terraces and windows to keep out the invaders, who have even been known to steal from refrigerators.
Shimla government wildlife officer Rajesh Sharma said garbage bins overflowing with food attract the animals.
Improving rubbish collection has meant 'the monkeys are finding it harder'.
She said: 'But their habits are the same. They now try to snatch any packet they see in anyone's hand.
'If they don't find it, they try and bite someone.'
While Hindus consider monkeys sacred, the government has now declared the animals can be killed if they threaten property.
Official extermination campaigns are yet to be launched, but farmers have illegally poisoned hundreds of the animals.
In Shimla and other towns in the state, the authorities have sought to sterilise the monkeys in a bid to bring numbers down.
About 157,000 of the animals have been sterilised across Himachal Pradesh in recent years, in what one expert said was the 'only way' to bring the problem under control.
But monkey catchers say the animals are increasingly wise to their tactic of leaving bananas and bread in cages to trap them. Mr Sharma said: 'When a monkey is caught, it alerts the others.'
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valenciano, Alicante, Spain
Massive cull is required
SonOfTheWest, Paradise, United Kingdom
Yomammi Bin Fartin, London, United Kingdom
Wow, that headline's a bit strong. Oh, sorry, it's about India. I thought it was referring to Philadelphia.
Harriet_UK_, Kings Lynn, United Kingdom
Shouldn't keep cutting down their trees then
Tizzledrop, Elgin, United Kingdom
If you left your window open in Malaysia the little beggars would wreck the house by the time you got home so cute not
faithnomoreish, Dublin, Ireland
They were doing that 20 years ago when I was there. Robbed a banana right out of my hand
Anglo-SaxonLad, Manchester , United Kingdom
Aren't they considered 1 of the 2.3m gods out there?
Evertonkenny, Endoftheworld, United Kingdom
Yippyyea, Anywhere, United States
You'd think they'd feed them food with birth control in it.
Anti Theist, Deathlehem, United Kingdom
they even work in gangs, tricking people, amazing really.
Thebigness, NYC, United States
What are they "protesting?"
Hiboy, Peterborough, United Kingdom
Maybe it's because of human encroachment that these animals have no natural food source left to eat. No one has mentioned that.
Crockagator, Your mind, United States
Is India out of bullets or something?
They're probably "sacred".
Texasgirl77, San Antonio, United States
They are looking for food, I hope they bite a couple of r.apists while they are at it!!
Mediamike, Nowhere, Canada
1in 5 American women are r.ape.d, according to your own CDC. You have your own problems to deal with, don't worry about Indians.
SON OF LEEDS, Leeds, United Kingdom
Tophuggles, London, United Kingdom
India is gonna India.
The Raven89, Silver Spring, United States
We've been having this issue in almost every major metropolitan city in the US since May.
welshbob , Cardiff , United Kingdom
Time for a cull
dazzasp, Wirral, United Kingdom
Yes... of the humans
Sudeep, Mumbai, India,
They are revered animals in India. They only bite outsiders.