The monkey wars are here

I've been tracking the oncoming monkey war with some interest for quite a while. The gorillas learned to disengage poachers' traps and the monkeys fought pitched battles against each other to test out different tactics. Back in May, monkeys were biting humans in isolated attacks and the Times was on it.

Well, the skirmishes are over and we are at war as evidenced by recent monkey military operations in Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. In the Saudi village of Kiad, baboons are foraging among the village for scarce water and food as the area experiences a drought.

Adel Medini, from the town of Helli, has his own take on the recent scourge of baboons: “It’s a daily game of hide and seek. The baboons are targeting empty houses and are well aware of what they are doing. The assault on the village is not random, as some believe. They proceed according to studied plans. That’s why their attacks do not fail. For example, imagine a resident who is absent from their home for a period of time. Even though it’s just one day, he is surprised to return to find his home in disarray. Some people in this situation thought that thieves had broken into and ransacked their houses … The problem is that the village’s houses are old and non-roofed, and our daily guest is hungry.”



In South Sulawesi province in Indonesia, a group of 10 wild monkeys are terrorizing the town.

The spokesman said the animals were thought to have come from a nearby forest protected by a local tribe. Local authorities are investigating why the monkeys, which are usually afraid of humans and flee when they hear human voices, emerged and attacked.