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Monkeys force residents to be prisoners in own homes

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 - 01:11

June 17 - An explosion in the monkey population in India's city of Agra has forced residents to become prisoners in their own homes. Jeanne Yurman reports.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL PICTURE QUALITY AS INCOMING Residents of Agra city in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state are under siege. Droves of monkeys have moved into town, marauding through the streets, invading homes, stealing food and even clothes. It's out of control says the local government's councillor, Deepak Khare. kar-ray (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) COUNCILLOR, DEEPAK KHARE, SAYING: "Thousands of monkeys have taken over the area. People have become prisoners in their own homes. The balconies from where they used to enjoy the view of the market have been covered with grills to protect them from monkeys. We cannot even sit on our terrace in the evenings. Children cannot play outside. You never know when you might be bitten." Ironically many of the troubled people of Agra may be literally feeding the simian menace. Shrinking forest cover nearby is helping to fuel the furry invasion. But many area residents are also giving food to the monkeys, which are considered to be sacred religious symbols in the Hindu religion.

Monkeys force residents to be prisoners in own homes

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 - 01:11

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