‘Monkey police’ armed with catapults Donald Trump protects against the rabid animals when he visits Taj Mahal during a visit to India
- No less than 700 rhesus macaques live in the 17th-century mausoleum in Agra
- Trump will visit the monument next week during a two-day tour in India
- It is feared that a possible meeting with a monkey could derail a future trade agreement
An extra ‘monkey police’ patrol armed with catapults will protect Donald Trump from the rabid animals when he visits the Taj Mahal during his visit to India next week.
No fewer than 700 rhesus macaques live among the walls and gardens of the 17th-century mausoleum in the city of Agra, Uttar Pradesh, and often attack and injure tourists.
It is feared that a possible meeting with a monkey by the American president could derail Narendra Modi’s hope of agreeing a large trade agreement with Donald Trump.
An additional patrol will be deployed to protect Trump from 700 rhesus monkeys when he visits the Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh next week
The animals allegedly terrorize tourists at the historic site. Two French tourists had to be treated for rabies in 2018 after being bitten while taking a selfie
“The removal of monkeys is not our duty, but we take precautions by catapulting six of our officers,” a senior security officer at the Taj told the Times.
An attempt to drive the animals completely out of the historic site was futile, the local police said.
Guards have been armed with catapults at the national monument for two years, following the death of a baby boy and two French tourists who must be treated for rabies after being bitten by a monkey. A Colombian woman had also stolen her bag and tore it apart by the monkeys.
The Belgian tourist Molly Dedobbeleer was left with scratches, bite marks and injections needed after being attacked by the monkeys in September last year.
“A monkey initially attacked me and then many others joined,” she told The Times of India. “Fortunately, security personnel in the area saved me.”
The monkeys had attacked after they decided to stop and take their photo.
A Colombian woman also had her money taken away and cleaned up by a monkey in the Taj Mahal
A Belgian woman said she was attacked by monkeys in the Taj Mahal after taking their photo
The decision to recruit even more guards comes after the Indians expressed the fear that the president might be the target of the animals.
A member of the Central Industrial Security Force also said that the catapults that the guards used would be “completely ineffective” if a large group of monkeys decided to attack the president’s entourage.
“The terror of the monkeys is so pervasive that women and children are afraid to go up on the roof of their houses, which have almost been taken over by monkeys,” an official said.
To ensure that Trump’s journey goes smoothly, India has also poured fresh water into the Yamuna River that runs along the Taj Mahal to suppress the odor caused by raw waste water and waste dumped into the waterway.
The river is so polluted in some places that no marine life can survive.
Indian officials hurriedly build a wall to allegedly protect President Trump from the sight of the nation’s infamous slums as he travels through Ahmedabad next Monday
A wall has also been built to block a slum from view of a parade scheduled to take place in Ahmedabad. India has insisted that this is a ‘security measure’, but the locals have said that the money should be spent on improving their area.
Trump arrives in India on Monday for a two-day visit with his wife Melania. He will be treated to a large tour in Ahmedabad, a visit to the former home of Mahatma Ghandi and will also be taken to the famous Taj Mahal while India is negotiating a future trade agreement.
The president has been considering a trade agreement with the Asian superpower for some time, but has recently indicated that it can only be signed after the elections.