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Taj Mahal police take aim at marauding monkeys with slingshots

Taj Mahal police take aim at marauding monkeys with slingshots

2019/01/25 | 13:05

(Hatha al-Youm | Iraq News)- Police armed with slingshots are taking aim at troops of

monkeys that harass visitors at India’s Taj Mahal, according to Reuters.The marauding monkeys forage for food around the entrance to

the 17th century monument in the northern city of Agra, where visitors’ bags

are scanned and food thrown away.Brij Bhushan, head of the Taj Mahal security force, said

police received locally-made slingshots to fend off the monkeys.“We found that monkeys get scared by just seeing us

brandishing these slingshots,” he told Reuters.There are 500-700 rhesus macaques living in and around the

monument. Experts say they are becoming more aggressive as an expanding city

encroaches on their natural habitats.In November, a monkey snatched a 12-day-old Indian boy from

his mother outside Agra and killed him.Taj Mahal guards have been told not to attack the monkeys

but to scare them away from tourists, Bhushan said.Built by a Mughal emperor for his wife, the Taj Mahal has

25,000 visitors daily, rising to 80,000 during the peak tourist season.Rhesus macaques have also spread havoc in New Delhi,

snatching food and mobile telephones, breaking into homes and terrorizing

people in and around the Indian capital.











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