Trained monkeys guard India's sports games

Sept. 28, 2010 at 1:22 PM

NEW DELHI, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Trained langur monkeys are being used to scare away wild animals from venues of the Commonwealth Games, due to open this weekend in India, officials said.

Handlers from around the capital of New Delhi were called upon to bring the highly intelligent and aggressive monkeys to chase away wild monkeys, dogs and snakes from around the Games Village stadiums in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, where the games will be held, the British Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.

The measure was implemented after some teams said they would boycott the games because their accommodations were overrun with wild animals, the Telegraph reported.

Commonwealth Games organizers said packs of wild monkeys have created a nuisance by attacking people and stealing food near the teams' venues.

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