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Monkey marriage

<p>Rajesh, a 38-year-old auto rickshaw driver, shares a cigarette with his monkey Raju at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011.   REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Rajesh, a 38-year-old auto rickshaw driver, shares a cigarette with his monkey Raju at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Rajesh, a 38-year-old auto rickshaw driver, shares a cigarette with his monkey Raju at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Raju, a monkey, grasps the shirt of his caretaker Rajesh, a 38-year-old auto rickshaw driver while walking through a street at Banetha village, located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. Indian forest department officials unsuccessfully tried to a stop a unique simian wedding citing it violated the 1972 Wildlife Protection Act. Monkeys play a significant role in Hindu religion where they are worshipped in the form of Lord Hanuman.   REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Raju, a monkey, grasps the shirt of his caretaker Rajesh, a 38-year-old auto rickshaw driver while walking through a street at Banetha village, located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. Indian forest department officials...more

Raju, a monkey, grasps the shirt of his caretaker Rajesh, a 38-year-old auto rickshaw driver while walking through a street at Banetha village, located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. Indian forest department officials unsuccessfully tried to a stop a unique simian wedding citing it violated the 1972 Wildlife Protection Act. Monkeys play a significant role in Hindu religion where they are worshipped in the form of Lord Hanuman. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A villager sits with Raju, a monkey, in a temple compound at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011.   REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

A villager sits with Raju, a monkey, in a temple compound at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A villager sits with Raju, a monkey, in a temple compound at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Rajesh, a 38-year-old auto rickshaw driver, makes a local drink as his monkey Raju is fed water by his wife at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011.    REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Rajesh, a 38-year-old auto rickshaw driver, makes a local drink as his monkey Raju is fed water by his wife at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Rajesh, a 38-year-old auto rickshaw driver, makes a local drink as his monkey Raju is fed water by his wife at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Rajesh, a 38-year-old auto rickshaw driver, holds his monkey Raju as he walks out of a room in his house at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011.   REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

Rajesh, a 38-year-old auto rickshaw driver, holds his monkey Raju as he walks out of a room in his house at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Rajesh, a 38-year-old auto rickshaw driver, holds his monkey Raju as he walks out of a room in his house at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Rajesh, a 38-year-old auto rickshaw driver, plays with his monkey Raju in his house at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011.    REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Rajesh, a 38-year-old auto rickshaw driver, plays with his monkey Raju in his house at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Rajesh, a 38-year-old auto rickshaw driver, plays with his monkey Raju in his house at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Raju, a monkey, is seen chained to a wooden log on a thatched roof at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011.   REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Raju, a monkey, is seen chained to a wooden log on a thatched roof at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Raju, a monkey, is seen chained to a wooden log on a thatched roof at Banetha village, Rajasthan, July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Women dance in the village temple during a pre-wedding function at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 5, 2011.   REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Women dance in the village temple during a pre-wedding function at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 5, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Women dance in the village temple during a pre-wedding function at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 5, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Forest department officials try to persuade villagers to call off a wedding between two monkeys at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 5, 2011.   REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Forest department officials try to persuade villagers to call off a wedding between two monkeys at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 5, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Forest department officials try to persuade villagers to call off a wedding between two monkeys at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 5, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A woman plays a drum in the village temple during a pre-wedding function at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 5, 2011.    REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

A woman plays a drum in the village temple during a pre-wedding function at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 5, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A woman plays a drum in the village temple during a pre-wedding function at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 5, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Villagers watch women dancing in the temple during a pre-wedding function at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 5, 2011.    REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Villagers watch women dancing in the temple during a pre-wedding function at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 5, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Villagers watch women dancing in the temple during a pre-wedding function at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 5, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Visitors travel on the rooftop of a bus as they come to watch a wedding between two monkeys at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 6, 2011.   REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Visitors travel on the rooftop of a bus as they come to watch a wedding between two monkeys at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Visitors travel on the rooftop of a bus as they come to watch a wedding between two monkeys at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Policemen keep watch while sitting under a banyan tree as they stop visitors from going to the venue of a wedding between two monkeys at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 6, 2011.   REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Policemen keep watch while sitting under a banyan tree as they stop visitors from going to the venue of a wedding between two monkeys at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Policemen keep watch while sitting under a banyan tree as they stop visitors from going to the venue of a wedding between two monkeys at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A forest guard stands next to Chinki, a monkey, after it was found tied to a tree outside Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 6, 2011.   DING REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

A forest guard stands next to Chinki, a monkey, after it was found tied to a tree outside Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 6, 2011. DING REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A forest guard stands next to Chinki, a monkey, after it was found tied to a tree outside Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 6, 2011. DING REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A policeman stops a visitor from going to the venue of a wedding between two monkeys at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 6, 2011.   REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

A policeman stops a visitor from going to the venue of a wedding between two monkeys at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A policeman stops a visitor from going to the venue of a wedding between two monkeys at Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A forest department official carries Chinki, a monkey, on his shoulder after it was found tied to a tree outside Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 6, 2011.   REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

A forest department official carries Chinki, a monkey, on his shoulder after it was found tied to a tree outside Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A forest department official carries Chinki, a monkey, on his shoulder after it was found tied to a tree outside Talwas village, Rajasthan, July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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