Thursday, November 04, 2004

vampire monkeys of assam!

sounds like a pulp novel trope, but it's real - vampire monkeys of assam!

"They hide in trees and swoop on unsuspecting children loitering about in the temple premises or walking by, clawing them and even sucking a bit of blood," said Bani Kumar Sharma, a priest at the Kamakhya temple in Assam state.


"The loss of habitat due to increased human settlement in the hills around the temple and the release of monkeys kept confined at home ... could be among the reasons for some of the monkeys behaving in a weird manner," said Narayan Mahanta, a wildlife official in Gauhati.

Three monkeys were tranquilized and have been taken to the Gauhati Zoo, where they will be examined for clues to explain their behavior. [weblink to assam mine]

like, maybe, increased sensitivity to sunlight? dood, i hope the next Slayer was born in assam...

which, incidentally, is the state i second-most want to visit should i ever go to india. (arunachal pradesh.)


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