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December 08, 2006

Gorillas Threated With Extinction By Ebola; Monkeys Terrorizing New Dehli

Monkey terrorists:

A top court reprimanded authorities in the Indian capital for failing to stop hundreds of monkeys from terrifying residents, news reports said Thursday.

As forest cover around New Delhi has shrunk, the city has struggled with a growing simian population. Government buildings, temples and many residential neighborhoods are overrun by hundreds of Rhesus macaques. The animals will occasionally snatch food from unsuspecting passers-by and even bite them.

"If you can't control the monkeys, what can you do?" the Delhi High Court acerbically asked...

Indeed. That is the key question, as Charleton Heston asked so many years ago.

How do you deal with out of control monkeys? Why, you import even more aggressive monkeys, of course.

Over the years city authorities have tried various methods to deal with the problem. They've used monkey catchers who use langurs - a larger and fiercer kind of simian - to scare or catch the monkeys.

Why that's an idea so crazy it's got to work!

Dave at Garfield Ridge just had a stroke-inducing orgasm.

On to the sad story-- gorilla ebola.

An outbreak of Ebola virus in northwestern Republic of Congo has killed 5,000 gorillas, helping to push the threatened species even closer to extinction, a study says.

The estimate is made by a team of scientists in Europe and central western AFrica, who say there was a "massive die-off" of gorillas in Congo's Lossi Sanctuary park from 2002 to 2004.

...

The new study suggests that the gorillas were not only infected by some animal reservoir -- last year, three species of African fruit bat were fingered as an Ebola source -- but also by contact between ape groups themselves.

Also under suspicion: Russian businessman Lugovoy.


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