Pack of monkeys threaten Joe Biden
posted at 11:55 am on July 23, 2013 by Katie Pavlich
I’m not sure about you guys, but monkeys freak me the hell out. They’re way too close to humans for my comfort and have the advantage because they don’t talk. I always wonder, “What are these little demon creatures thinking?”
Vice President Joe Biden is in India this week and apparently, there was an issue with security.
The security around Joe Biden’s visit to India may be among the tightest in the world, but it faced an unanticipated threat during the U.S. vice president’s first engagement — a pack of monkeys.
Mr. Biden started a four-day visit to India Monday with a trip to the Gandhi Smriti, a memorial to the leader of India’s freedom movement at the site where he was assassinated in New Delhi in 1948.
In what could be described as bad timing, about a dozen adult monkeys–some with babies in tow– took a fancy to thick clusters of raw mangoes hanging on a tree above a tall statue of Gandhi, just before the American dignitary was due to reach the spot on his carefully choreographed walkabout of the site.
But, oblivious to the high-profile visit going on beneath them, the creatures gamboled on the branches swinging from one to another, bombarding the area around Gandhi’s statue with unripe mangoes as they bit into the raw fruit and discarded the leftovers. Then three of the monkeys suddenly swept down from the branches on to a 10-foot high bamboo frame, covered with a white cloth, erected as a backdrop to the statue.
“What I don’t want is a mango to drop on the vice president when he comes here,” said an Indian security official as he warily eyed the furry creatures, who are regarded by many in the Indian capital as a menace.