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:


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