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October 07, 2010

Security officials in India have hired new guards to stop any monkey business from happening during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. What’s so strange about these new workers? They have to be kept on a leash!

Langurs, members of the monkey family, along with their trainers have been positioned outside the Commonwealth venues in New Dehli to keep smaller, wild monkeys away. This is not the first time the larger monkeys have been “hired” to keep smaller breeds away from public places.

“The langurs are well trained” said Devendra Prasad, inspector at the enforcement department of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC). “They are brought in from Rajasthan, and we have brought in a team of 10 additional langurs for duty at the Games venues.”

"We take these langurs on rent. Their trainers accompany them and once the assignment is over, they return home," NDMC spokesman Anand Tiwari told Reuters.

Langurs aren’t the only animals who have been finding employment in the recession, HRSBT has reported on dogs, sheep, and goats who have landed jobs!


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