Monkeys ‘Deployed’ As ‘Guards’ Of India Games

A week ago I wrote about the obstacles facing India in staging the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

Monkeys on guard at Commonwealth Games

(What could go wrong?)

Apparently a citywide Dengue plague, hordes of wild monkeys terrorizing citizens around Games venues, piles of excrement and wild cobras being found in rooms of the Games athletes village, the collapse of two construction projects, and a reporter breaching multiple security checkpoints with a hidden bomb wasn’t enough to stop this Sunday’s Opening Ceremonies.

But thanks to the newly-reported scale and scope of India’s security plan for the Games, it now turns out that Usain Bolt, who pulled out of the event because of the aforementioned concerns, won’t know what he’s missing.

REUTERS reports that around the Games venues and athletes village, India has “deployed” 100,000 security guards, army sniper units, soldiers manning mobile surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft guns and 38 monkeys.

38 monkeys?

NDTV (New Delhi Television) has a delightful video report about the monkeys (so cute!) along with some sweet bonus coverage online:

Security officials at the Commonwealth Games have posted ten langurs outside several venues in New Delhi to keep smaller monkeys away.

The number will increase in the days leading up to Sunday’s opening ceremony, according to the New Delhi Municipal Council(NDMC).

“We have deployed ten langurs to chase away monkeys for the Commonwealth Games. Four will be deployed outside National Stadium, four outside Talkatora Stadium and two are on standby, we will send them wherever required,” said Devendra Prasad, an official from the New Delhi Municipal Corporation.

“People who are coming from outside the country should not face any problems because of the monkeys, these langurs have been deployed for their safety, so that the Games go on unhindered,” said Pramod Kumar, a langur trainer.

Why is it when I read that I think of this?

Animal Planet Group Chimp Mauling

Probably just me.