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Sep 07 2013

My day with monkeys

I bought dozens of bananas and went to Dalhousie road in Delhi. Lots of beautiful, elegant, intelligent monkeys ran towards me to get bananas. I tried to distribute bananas among them in equal shares. But it was impossible to make them stand in a queue. I did not want alpha males to snatch bananas from oppressed monkeys.

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They love bananas. Wish I could feed them everyday. But the traffic police around the road was not happy with me, they asked me to stop feeding monkeys. I didn’t know that it was illegal to feed monkeys on the road. Why should love and care be illegal? They don’t find food in the jungle, so they came to the city. Why shouldn’t we feed them when there is almost no traffic and they are very hungry!

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He is eating one, protecting another.

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He got 3 bananas. But his hands are not free. So he is peeling the banana with his mouth. They are smarter than me.

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    scottbelyea

    “They don’t find food in jungle, so they came to the city.”

    Wrong.

    They’re in the city because well-intentioined but ill-advised people like you feed them. You’re just adding to the growing problems, as outlined in this article from last year – http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/world/asia/fed-by-indians-monkeys-overwhelm-delhi.html

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      Taslima Nasreen

      Monkeys live in many Indian cities. They have learned to cohabit. I don’t think not feeding them is the solution to growing ‘monkey problem’. Should they starve to death? Humans attacks humans more than monkeys attack humans. I was standing in the middle of many hungry monkeys, no one tried to snatch bananas from my hand.

      1. scottbelyea

        Well, I thought you might understand once the problem was explained to you, but you don’t.

        I could point you to other sources of similar information, but since you dismiss the info in the item I linked, why bother?

      2. murci3lag0

        I agree with scottbelyea, it’s time for you to reconsider your behaviour towards these animals. Rmember that personal opinion (confirmation bias) is not a reliable source of information.

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      Jeanette

      Scott, you are an asshole. Then again, men notoriously hate women, so why should a sweet animal be any different? You guys have cold hearts. I could get into the terrible things you guys do to animals, but that is another subject altogether. Let Taslima have her fun!

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    Matt G

    Oh, you mean REAL monkeys! I thought you also were a teacher….

  3. 3
    biogeo

    I like these photos, especially the second one.

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    Charles Sullivan

    Maybe the alpha monkey (could be alpha female too) beats up ‘oppressed monkeys’ later for jumping the monkey queue. Then what? Obviously, you’ll have to call the monkey police, and have a fair trial with a monkey judge and jury.

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    Mriganka Bhattacharyya

    Beautiful photos!

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