[monkeywire] Monkeys invade Indian embassy in Nepal
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Wed Jan 14 13:12:26 EST 2004
AFP[ WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2004 08:03:39 PM ]
KATHMANDU : Monkeys have invaded the Indian embassy here and are attacking
staff, destroying stationery and damaging office equipment, officials said.
They are also attacking small children in the jungle area surrounding the
embassy used by locals for picnicking, an embassy official said.
"We have requested (wildlife) officials to get rid of these monkeys, which
have been creating a menace in the embassy vicinity, as soon as possible,"
said press and culture first secretary at the Indian Embassy Sanjay Verma.
The embassy, the oldest diplomatic mission in Kathmandu , is surrounded by
jungle, giving the monkeys free reign to plunder the premises.
A Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) official
said wildlife experts were doing their best to remove the monkeys.
"Though experts have used tranquiliser darts and other control techniques,
the problem has not been solved," he added, however.
He said about a dozen monkeys were creating the nuisance and that one had
recently been caught and sent to the national zoo in Lalitpur town, on the
outskirts of Kathmandu .
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