Monkeys to be served brandy to keep warm
carrie at stayfreemagazine.org
Fri Dec 7 18:08:23 EST 2001
[ Thanks to Gregory Nahas for this story. ]
Monkeys to be served brandy to keep them warm
Friday 7th December 2001
Monkeys in an Indian zoo are to be served brandy to keep them warm
Lucknow zoo has requisitioned stocks of brandy from a government
store to serve its 35 monkeys.
The brandy will be diluted with warm water before being served to the primates.
Newspaper Dainik Ujala says the exact dose will be determined by the
age and size of the animals.
The authorities say the monkeys will have no problems because of the
similarity to the human digestive system.
"We don't want to get them drunk. The brandy is meant to prevent the
poor things from catching a cold and moving around with running
noses," said the zoo's director B Prabhakar.
This is the first time that serving alcohol to animals has been
"officially sanctioned" by the zoo. However, zookeepers are said to
have previously served liquor to the animals unofficially - one of
the monkeys is said to have developed a whisky habit.
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