[monkeywire] Sick simian seeks human help
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Thu Aug 21 14:03:57 EDT 2003
Sick simian seeks human help
Indo-Asian News Service
BHUBANESWAR, Orissa, August 21
Driven bananas by an aching wound, a wild monkey in Orissa ventured out
of the jungle to seek human help and then calmly stuck around as the
injury was treated.
The monkey, which had apparently been sick for several days, appeared
on a road near a forest in the state's Balesore district, in the hope
of catching the attention of some human passing by. And it succeeded.
Sukura Dalai, a construction labourer who was cycling down the road,
found the primate blocking his path and stopped to investigate. In a
clear triumph for inter-species communication the monkey soon found a
way to make its problem known - turning around, it showed the perplexed
Dalai a festering wound on its back. To remove any further doubt, the
little creature then coolly proceeded to hop on to Dalai's bicycle.
Acknowledging the silent cry for help, the Good Samaritan brought the
monkey to the construction site near Gopalpur village.
Seeing the monkey's plight, which was not only in pain but also
apparently, had tears in its eyes, about 50 other workers at the site
joined Dalai and took it to the nearest veterinary hospital.
According to reports appearing in a local paper, the 'patient' received
appropriate medical attention at the hospital after which it soon
A worker who was witness to the bizarre incident claimed the monkey
showed no sign of hostility and sat quietly while the doctor treated
But while the mild-mannered ape may have earned the goodwill of the
locals, they are in no mood to forgive the rest of its brethren who
have wreaked havoc in neighbouring areas in the recent past.
The monkey business has already claimed a number of innocent victims.
Just last week four people, including two children, were injured in a
simian attack in Cuttack district.
Earlier this year, residents of about 20 villages in the coastal
district of Jagatsinghpur, some 70 km from Bhubaneswar, were terrorised
when thousands of monkeys came out of their forest habitat and went on
But the people of Orissa are in good company. Monkeys stalking the
corridors of power in faraway Delhi are reportedly harassing a number
of the country's top political leaders, including Laloo Prasad Yadav.
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