Sunday, August 26, 2007

Wild Vervet Monkeys Wreak Havoc in Kenya

Came by this link by way of the Anomalist. Monkeys are harassing humans in Kenya, particualry the women and children, going so far as to "sexually harrass" the women:
When we come to chase the monkeys away, we are dressed in trousers and hats, so that we look like men," said Nachu resident Lucy Njeri. "But the monkeys can tell the difference and they don't run away from us and point at our breasts. They just ignore us and continue to steal the crops."

Further, the monkeys also make sexually explicit gestures at the women, according to the residents.

"The monkeys grab their breasts, and gesture at us while pointing at their private parts. We are afraid that they will sexually harass us," said Njeri.

The monkeys are not only harassing the women and stealing food, they're killing dogs and livestock. It's illegal to harm the monkeys, so other ways of dealing with this need to be found.

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