19 January 2006

Sure, monkeys seem cute

Monkeys seem like they'd be great pets until you actually get to spend some quality time up close and personal with them. Then you discover that they are highly intelligent, extremely agile creatures with all of the emotional maturity and impulse control of a 2-year-old human. I know of committed pacifist vegans who have not killed their local monkeys only because a) they couldn't catch them, and b) guns are too hard to get where they live. Another friend in Phnom Penh who lived near the Post Office there, had so much trouble with one that she talked a wildlife NGO into shooting it with a tranquilizer gun and taking it far, far away.

Now the monkeys in Phnom Penh have learned a new trick—they are stealing bags of glue from people addicted to sniffing it. Monkeys are hard enough to deal with at the best of times. I can't imagine what a monkey high on inhalants would be like.

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