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Monkey business in Indian hospital

Sapa | 2011-07-10 09:16:30.0
Raju, a monkey, is seen chained to a wooden log on a thatched roof at Banetha village, located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan. File photo
Image by: DANISH SIDDIQUI / REUTERS

Patients at an Indian hospital have been receiving some surprise visitors after monkeys learned how to operate its automatic doors.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi recently installed a new entry system. However, local monkeys soon worked out how to use the motion-censor doors and have since been running amok in the wards.

They have terrorised patients, stealing food, playing with medical equipment, and attacking staff. Authorities have taken steps to scare off the monkeys. They have hired two larger monkeys to chase them away.

Killing or trapping the monkeys was not an option, due to their association with the Hindu deity Hanuman, SABC reported.

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