Monkey urinates on Zambian president

LUSAKA Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:40am EDT

1 of 3. A frame grabs shows Zambian President Rupiah Banda reacting as a monkey urinates on him during a news conference at the State House presidential offices in Lusaka June 24, 2009. Banda softly shouted: 'You (monkey) have urinated on my jacket,' and paused as he looked up to see the animal playing in a tree just above his chair.

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LUSAKA (Reuters) - A monkey urinated on Zambian President Rupiah Banda as he spoke to journalists at a news conference on Wednesday.

Banda softly shouted: "You (monkey) have urinated on my jacket," and paused as he looked up to see the animal playing in a tree just above his chair.

"Perhaps these are blessings," he said continuing his address amid laughter from the audience of journalists and diplomats at the State House presidential offices.

Several monkeys play around the grounds of Banda's residence and his office. There are also many species of antelope and birds in the State House grounds.

(Reporting By Shapi Shacinda)

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