By Staff writer
Passenger had been attempting to travel to emirate from India with small monkey hidden in clothes
A man attempting to board a Dubai-bound flight from New Delhi’s international airport was detained after being discovered with a live monkey stuffed in his underwear, it was reported.
According to the Press Trust of India, the man and two fellow travellers were arrested on Sunday after flying from Bangkok to the Indian capital, where they were due to catch a connecting Jet Airways flight to Dubai.
The 17cm loris, a species of monkey found in some parts of the Subcontinent and South-East Asia, was reportedly found “in one of the passengers’ underwear during the security check”, PTI said. BBC News later reported that all three travellers were Emirati nationals.
Another monkey was discovered in a trash can at the airport, apparently after being discarded as the men were unable to carry it.
All three passengers were reportedly handed over to India’s Wildlife and Customs Department, before being passed on to customs police, who arrested them.
The Gulf is a magnet for smuggled exotic animals because of the ready money, the need for status and complete ignorance about animal cruelty. Whoever in Dubai was going to receive this monkey should be arrested and charged as well, because the smugglers were just acting out of their own greed. Imagine throwing a terrified beast into a trash can at an Indian airport, they are scary enough for humans!
Its amazing how people take one isolated incident and use it to try to malign an entire region. Should we start generalizing the UK as a place where all teenagers get pregnant in school? Or where women are not free to walk down any street? How many people keep monkeys in the Gulf? Maybe less than 0.1%, so dont generalize against the whole region. And for that matter, its amusing to see Indian police so enthusiastic over a monkey when there are so many issues in India that deserves more attention.
These aren't just 'exotic' animals.
Lorises (which are NOT monkeys) are seriously endangered - largely because of people exporting them as pets. Every single one of these stolen from the jungle puts them closer to extinction. Trading in them is completely illegal. Frankly the idiots smuggling these are very lucky - the bite of a loris is extremely painful and given one of these was in the underwear of a smuggler, I can't help but think if he'd been bitten, he'd have learnt a valuable lesson. Particularly as the bites can go septic!
Well done the police in India for doing their job and I hope those responsible are punished accordingly.
Hi, It would be very intelligent of you to first understand that a Loris is not a monkey. The police in India (a signatory nation to the CITES agreement) or for that matter anywhere in the world at a border crossing are trained to ensure that there are no violations. I am confident that the border and customs police in any of the GCC nations would have done the same if not better. What is more amusing is that these 3 idiots decided to transport an endangered specie across international borders and actually thought they'd get away with it. Therefore in summation, well done to the police.
And there are more important issues too in the Gulf that deserve attention and they're always overlooked, Ali.
maybe less than .005% keep monkeys as pets in the middle east. The indian dept ( that arrested the suspects) were made for a purpose and they have acted as per their mandate. So what do you find wrong with that? So do we have to forget certain crimes that ppl commit because we have other issues?? What kind of twisted logic is that?