09 February 2007

Monkeys on the Run

Monkeys can bite
Monkeys can scratch
Monkeys are really hard to catch!

Bhubaneswar, Feb. 8: It’s tough catching monkeys, as the catch at the end of Day I of an endeavour to remove simians from the Puri Jagannath temple proved.

A dozen Mankadia tribals from Mayurbhanj, employed to carry out the mission, could catch only eight monkeys on Wednesday.

After the rituals were completed last night, the tribals started their three-hour operation to lay traps for the simians. But the tribals, apparently more adept at catching moneys in forests than temples, were disappointed with their catch. The operation would be carried out only at night.