More Monkey Business

Monkey Guardian Angel NEW DELHI (Reuters) -
They say it takes a thief to catch a thief, but India's Delhi Metro
has hired a monkey to frighten off other monkeys from boarding trains
and upsetting passengers. The langur monkey, trained since the age of
three months, has been patrolling monkey- prone stations on a leash.
In June, a monkey boarded a train at the underground Chawri Bazaar
station and reportedly scared passengers by scowling at them for three
stops. It then alighted at Civil Lines station. The Delhi Metro Rail
Corporationsays it hopes the new hire will avert a repeat of that
episode. "It started working about a month ago and since then we've
not had a single incident," said Anuj Dayal, a metro spokesman. The
langur's keeper — or langurwallah — is being paid 6,900 rupees ($150)
a month. Langur monkeys are similarly employed around the grounds of
parliament and some government buildings in New Delhi.

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