[monkeywire] Monkey catches luggage thief

gregory nahas lettherebemonkeys at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 21 10:07:33 EDT 2002


Monkey catches luggage thief 

A monkey has caught a thief trying to escape from a
railway station in India.

Rani and his master Munna were entertaining waiting
passengers in Khurda, Orissa, when a train pulled in.

Munna instructed him to chase a suspected luggage
thief who tried to run away after being spotted by

The six-year-old rhesus monkey pounced on the man's
head and pinned him down until officers arrived to
arrest him.

Railway police inspector Tarani Sen Majhi told the
Press Trust of India: "The man with the suitcase
ignored us and attempted to run away when we asked him
to stop. He got down on the railway track and switched
platform to make his escape."

He added: "On interrogation we found the man had
stolen the suitcase from a train.

He would have easily run away with the booty had the
monkey not helped us in that amazing way. We are
really thankful to the street performer and his monkey
for their service."

Munna said, with hindsight, he was probably unwise to
send Rani after the man.

He said: "Luggage lifters normally operate in a big
gang. We cannot save ourselves if the gang targets us
in a revenge attack. I have decided to move to a safer
area with Rani."

Story filed: 12:00 Wednesday 21st August 2002

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