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Monkey menace shows no sign of diminishing in Gurugram's posh areas

Monkey menace shows no sign of diminishing in Gurugrams posh areas
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GURUGRAM: The menace of monkeys continues to trouble residents in posh areas of Gurugram, which has seen a steady growth in the population of the primate overtime.
Residents now not only fear being attacked by monkeys, but also complain of the animals damaging the beauty and facade of their homes.
Complaints of water pipes being broken, potted plants being uprooted and even pets being harmed are among the major complaints coming from residential colonies of the city.
There are a large number of monkeys in DLF City, Sushant Lok, South City and Palam Vihar. Most of these colonies are located just few kilometres from the green Aravallis belt. Yet, dearth of food and water in the forested area is leading primates to forage in human settlements.
In December last year, a 25-year- old man died in Sushant Lok after falling from the balcony after being attacked by a troop of monkeys.
Among the over 5,000 cases of animal bites registered officially in the city, most include biting by monkeys.
Despite the growing menace, most of residents say they can do very little they as public agencies seem to be of no help.
Moreover, officials claim that strict animal safety guidelines prevent them from taking action. To take short term preventive measures, most citizens are resorting to applying grease paint on their pipes, setting up cages around their homes and using grey langurs to scare of the monkeys.
More than stray dogs, it is the fear of stray monkeys that is spreading fear, as they tend to cause more damage than any other animal.
"My kitchen garden was completely destroyed by monkeys in the area, Due to their erratic behaviour, they will always remain a threat" said Nidhi Tandon resident of Sushant Lok area.
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