Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Drunken monkey madness keeps villagers on their toes

New Delhi - Residents of a small Indian village were at their wits' end when a group of intoxicated monkeys rampaged through their town after drinking a specially fermented drink.

According to news reports, the monkeys drank a substance made from marijuana leaves that residents were preparing for a religious drink called "pana".

The stunned villagers apparently chased the inebriated monkeys away with sticks and other weapons, driving them back into a nearby forest.

Three residents were injured and taken to hospital.

The intoxicating drink was being prepared outdoors as part of an offering to Hindu gods for the Oriya new year.

Some of the monkeys passed out and have since been returned to the forest.

Story here.

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