Thursday, January 30, 2020

Meanwhile in India Villagers Dress up as Bears to Scare Off More Than 2,000 Monkeys

As noted in a November 2019 post on farmer travails:
The simians in particular are a problem because they eat pretty much everything their human cousins do....

And from Gulf News, January 29:
India: Village residents dress up as bears to chase away monkeys
The villagers pooled in money and bought three bear costumes 
Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh: Using bears to shoo away monkeys may seem to be an odd idea but residents of Sikandarpur village in the district, apparently, had no choice.
With over 2,000 monkeys creating a ruckus and disturbing life in the village and forest officials turning a blind eye to the issue, the villagers decided to solve the problem on their own.
Two of the residents, dressed up as bears, began moving around the village to scare away the monkeys.

Village head Ram Lalit Verma, told local reporters, "We have now started taking turns in wearing the bear costume and roaming around the village. It was a relative who had told me about the idea and it is actually working."...MORE
Meanwhile In India: Painting The Dog With Tiger Stripes to Scare the Monkeys

That November post also had some other links

Farmers Around The World Complain, It's What They Do: However, In India...
.... "Vineyard-Raiding Baboons Favor Pinot Noir"
What a bunch of wine snob poseurs.
Merlot is just fine, especially if it's dolled up as Chateau Petrus.
Berry Bros. & Rudd is running a special case price, "Buy 6 and save £2667.37".
A Romanée Conti (pinot noir) will cost you double or triple. BB&R is price on request.
Either way, possibly more than the average baboon has in petty cash.

In other monkey news:
"How scientists taught monkeys the concept of money. Not long after, the first prostitute monkey appeared"