India: “monkey men” deployed in Delhi to scare monkeys during G20

About thirty “monkey men” have been deployed in New Delhi to scare away the rhesus macaques that breed there and prevent them from disrupting the G20 summit to be held in early September in the Indian capital, the local government announced on Wednesday.

New Delhi’s city council has recruited between 30 and 40 “ape men” to imitate the cries of langur monkeys, the natural enemies of the rhesus macaques that invaded the Indian capital, where the G20 summit will be held on September 9 and 10.

“We cannot expel monkeys from their natural habitat. Therefore we deployed a team of 30 to 40 trained men to frighten and frighten the monkeys, Satish Upadhyay, vice president of the New Delhi city council, told AFP on Wednesday.

“We will deploy a man in each hotel where the delegates will stay, as well as in places where monkeys are often seen,” he added.

Worried that the monkeys would attack foreign leaders’ car convoys during the G20 summit, or devour flower decorations, the city government asked the forestry department to develop an action plan.

Life-size silhouettes of langurs have also been installed on the streets of the Indian capital to scare away the primates.

For a long time, the men patrolled the streets of New Delhi accompanied by trained langurs, but this practice ended after a court ruled that detaining them was cruel.

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