STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Simians Live in Harmony With Humans

For people at Palavanatham village near here, hundreds of monkeys all around the place are not at all a nuisance. Instead, they protect the animals and even feed them.

Published: 05th May 2014 07:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th May 2014 08:07 AM   |  A+A-

Humans

For people at Palavanatham village near here, hundreds of monkeys all around the place are not at all a nuisance. Instead,  they protect the animals and even feed them.

Manoharan, a resident who is a TV mechanic, says the monkeys have been there in the village for over 40 years. They were in the forest areas of Watrap near Srivilliputhur and later moved to Palavanatham.

“The people of Watrap used to come to Aruppukottai to sell fruit and vegetables. This drew the animals into the villages, because the traders, while travelling by  bus, used to leave their baskets of fruit and vegetables on the top of the buses, and that was the attraction for the simians,” Manoharan says.

Besides, he says,  there were several trees in Palavanatham village and the monkeys, after arriving there by bus top, used to take shelter on the trees.

Another reason was that the trees in the hamlet were axed to give way for roads and other developmental activities. And over the years, the animals began migrating to the residential areas. Initially, the residents feared the simian intrusion but later they got used to it, though the monkeys damaged the telephone cables in the area.  Some of the residents even leave food and water on the terrace for the animals.

Says Velammal, “The monkeys enter the house, take the vessels containing food and run away; they also snatch food from children. Some of the residents got annoyed and start chasing the monkeys away by wielding long sticks. Gradually, the villagers grew fond of them.”

When contacted about the wild animals invading human habitat, a senior official in the Forest Department, who did not wished to be named, said the monkeys come under the category of wild animals and they should be living only in the forests. The official said the villagers complained that some of these animals were dying in large numbers. He feels that the invaders fed on leftovers in the dustbins, leading to them dying of infections.

Also, the forest official has asked the residents to stop feeding the monkeys, which, he feels, will be the best way to drive them back to where they belong, the forests. “Home of the wild is in the wild and not human settlements. The people should not try to domesticate or encourage the beasts in the interest of human safety and security,” the official added.

More from Tamil Nadu.

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp