AFP reports that New Delhi council has drafted in ten langur
monkey handlers fielding as many as 38 of the fearsome primates.
While the key image of the Games so far is of overflowing toilets in the
athletes village and collapsing infrastructure at the stadia, the monkeys
will sadly not be deployed to finish off foot bridges, repaint corridors or
Rather their main task will be to take care of their smaller wild brethren,
mainly from the VIP areas. Apparently the swimming facilities will be a key
area for the monkey patrol.
The local monkeys are feared throughout Delhi, and even attacked the mayor
in 2007, causing him to fall from his balcony to his death.
However, while the monkeys are clearly a threat it's cobras that have really
put the willies up the athletes. The South African team has reportedly
already found one king cobra in residence in their quarters, while another
ten-footer was caught in the tennis complex.