Monkey School!

United States
July 29, 2009 12:00pm CST
A city in India has come up with a wonderfully innovative and compassionate way to deal with problematic monkeys who cause trouble for humans who live there - a reform school for monkeys! The monkeys who hve been naghty will receive veterinary care and behavioral training to help them and the people who have to live with them, coexist more harmoniously. http://www.hindu.com/2009/07/26/stories/2009072659891000.htm A school for monkeys Vrinda Sharma CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government has sought clearance from the Central Zoo Authority to set up an ultra-modern facility to tame, rehabilitate and teach manners to rogue monkeys. The first-of-its-kind monkey school will provide inmates with medical care and good-behaviour training. “In addition to veterinary doctors, the centre will have experts and it would be a sort of good manners school for the monkeys,” said a senior official of the Punjab Wildlife Department, on Friday. Alarming situation “There have been several cases of monkey bites and the problem has reached such an alarming situation that every week there are one or two cases of monkey biting from across the district. This is why we have decided to build a rehabilitation centre adjacent to a mini zoo in Patiala. This will be the first such centre in the State,” Chief Wildlife Warden of Punjab R.K. Luna said. According to Mr. Luna, the monkey population has reached 50,000 in the State and around 10,000 in Patiala. The aim is to target monkeys that pose a serious threat to people in Punjab, as the animals move into towns and cities looking for food. They usually create havoc by chasing and attacking residents, injuring them and snatching their belongings. Complaints with civic bodies and Divisional Forest Offices have been pending mainly because there is no place the animals can be kept after they are caught. Jasmer Singh, DFO Wildlife, Patiala, said: “Once the centre is functional, forest officials in Punjab will be able to catch monkeys from residential areas and send them across so that they can be taught to be decent and live socially with other monkeys.” Bad behaviour Officials accuse them of a variety of bad behaviour from terrorising children to destroying property. Macaque monkeys destroy TV antennae, tear down clothes lines and damage scooters and motorcycles. “Besides people landing in hospitals after encounters with monkeys, the animals also often get hurt when house owners try to chase them away or keep them out by using live electric wires and other means,” Mr. Luna added. Minister for Forests and Wildlife Tikshan Sud said the case file had been sent to the Central Zoo Authority and a location on Dakala Road in Patiala identified. *** Do you think this will help make things better for the people and the monkeys there? Are there any mylotters in that part of India or other places with a lot of monkeys who have stories to share about the monkey shenangians? I'd love to read about it!
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@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
30 Jul 09
On the one hand thinking that a "monkey reform" school will be set up sounds hysterically funny, on the other hand it's rather commendable that they are thinking of doing this...the alternative, that is killing the monkeys would be worse
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• United States
30 Jul 09
I agree, I am so happy that they are trying the compassionate and sane route instead of kiling them the way they would here (like they do to the poor geese, bears, and other animals whose habitat WE have encroached on).
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@Riptide (2767)
• United States
29 Jul 09
Monkey see monkey do! Maybe the monkeys that succesfully graduated from the reform school, will teach other monkeys how to behave well and then all monkeys there will be well behaved.
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• United States
30 Jul 09
That makes sense, it's been proven that they actually DO teach eachother skills they have learned!
@mdvarghese (1789)
• Bangalore, India
29 Jul 09
Hi......Angrykitty Here where we are staying there are more than two hundred monkeys. It is interesting to observe what they are doing and some times it is fun also. Two days back these monkeys as group of 50 or 60 gone to the milk vendor and all of them took milk packets and curd packets and climbed on the nearby banyan tree. One day these monkeys grabbed the biscuit packet from my daughter. It will be very useful if there is an school for monkies and they are learbing what the teachers taught.
• United States
29 Jul 09
Hi, mdvarghese! Thanks for your reply and sharing your story here! I think it must be pretty cool to see the monkeys running around, but I imagine it can be sort of scary if they get aggressive. Was your daughter upset when the monkey stole her biscuit? I hope the monkey school will be helpful to teach them some nice manners. I really admire the people who came up with the idea, if the monkeys were doing that in the US they'd probably just kill the poor things.
• United States
11 Aug 09
I totally agree that teaching the monkeys is a much better alternative to killing them. However, I do think that we lose sight of one fact. Humans continue to expand geographically and are taking over land that once belonged to these animals. The monkeys are simply being monkeys.
@mdvarghese (1789)
• Bangalore, India
1 Aug 09
Hi.....AngryKittyMSV Thank you for marking my response as the best in this topic. Hope to see many more discussions from you. Once a again thank you and wish you great days ahead