Monkeys seem to be taking over the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay campus. They have reportedly created a havoc in the hostel by destroying students’ valuables and even sleeping on their beds!
Students are trying their best to cope with this monkey business on the institute’s 550-acre campus, located next to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
You wake up on a Saturday morning, open your room and see 10-15 monkeys sitting on the clotheslines staring at you, anticipating your every move. Imagine such an incident occurring on a weekday when you are having a 8:30 am class in the morning. These days, students in some hostels, especially 5, often wake up to the chaotic sound of monkeys than their own alarms. Be it morning, afternoon or evening, one often witnesses these creatures patrolling their wing corridors. [sic]Insight (IIT Bombay’s Official Student Media Body)
The number of monkeys have increased by such large numbers that people have started suggesting ‘reservations’ for monkeys in the institute.
While the campus has the occasional leopard straying from the adjoining national park, monkeys are the more frequent visitors.
Students have complained about attacks by monkeys on the lookout for food. There have been complaints about food and personal belongings of students being stolen from hostel rooms and students being chased by troops of monkeys.
If one ever forgets to properly lock their room or keeps it open, these monkeys completely change the orientation of rooms destroying clothes and valuables... Students also found monkeys sleeping on their beds in their hostel rooms. They also upturn waste-bins and scatter the trash in the entire wing if they do not find something to eat in them... They are throwing away clothes hanging on the ropes and are making the wings dirty.
(With inputs from PTI and The Times of India)