Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Hungry Hungry Monkeys

Recently eaten: pesto
Recent annoyance: the irony of my ceiling leak being caused by my air conditioning in overdrive

Fools. Firecrackers only scare away evil spirits and rampaging elephants. The only thing that can get rid of zealous monkeys, are murderous monkeys. Someone needs to train a mercenary army of monkeys to chase the hungry monkeys out. I certainly don't want to be around for the mess after that battle.

Hungry monkeys plunder Indonesian crops (CNN)
Bands of starving monkeys have destroyed crops around Indonesia's famous Borobudur Buddhist temple in search of food their habitat can no longer supply.

Long-tailed macaque monkeys have a reputation for knowing how to find food according to experts.

Dedi Rinyadi works for the Natural Resources Conservation Agency. Rinyadi says thousands of the long-tailed macaques went searching for sustenance Wednesday in several villages of Central Java province.

Rinyadi says the primate population has exploded due to dwindling predators, but drought has led to food shortages.

The monkeys have stolen crops and destroyed about 400 hectares (990 acres) of farmland -- including around the 7th-century Buddhist temple complex outside the sultanate of Yogyakarta.

Distressed farmers are using firecrackers and air-rifles to chase them from their villages.

"Go ahead, make my day."

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