Monkeys as security guards. What could possibly go wrong?
NEW DELHI (AFP) – Delhi authorities are to deploy a contingent of langurs — a large type of monkey — at Commonwealth Games venues to help chase away smaller simians from the sporting extravaganza. From Wednesday, 10 langurs will be put on duty outside Games venues in the Indian capital, with the boxing and hockey stadiums seen as particularly vulnerable to monkey misbehaviour, an official said. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has a regular team of 28 langurs which are used to scare away their weaker brethren in VIP areas of the city, but 10 more have been brought in from the neighbouring state of Rajasthan. Four of them will be posted outside the boxing complex with their handlers, while another four will patrol the hockey complex. Two have been kept in reserve to respond in the event of an emergency. “They are there for the monkey problem. They will be moving outside the stadiums,” Devender Prasad, an inspector from the enforcement department of the NDMC, told AFP. (via Delhi deploys ‘super monkey’ security guards - Yahoo! News)