Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Monkey Invades New Delhi Airport

A monkey stalled operations at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport for a few hours, delaying passengers and senior officials, media reports and officials said Monday. The trouble began after the simian was spotted by passengers at the airport's security hold area on Sunday evening, the Times of India reported quoting official sources.

Soon after, authorities closed two gates, generally used for movement of important people or VIPs and summoned a team from an NGO called Wildlife SOS to catch the unusual visitor.

The report said the monkey had triggered panic amongst passengers and the entry through the gates was denied to VIPs, officials and passengers for a couple of hours.

"The monkey had apparently been frequenting the airport for a few weeks now and has been found staying between the false and actual ceilings. But we have not been able to capture him since there is a huge tangle of wires there," Karthik Satyanarayan from the Wildlife SOS told the paper.

Baiju Raj, another official at the Wildlife SOS said the operations were restored after a few hours but the monkey was still not captured as the NGO was awaiting permission from the authorities.

It was not the first time that passengers at the New Delhi airport were troubled by unwelcome intruders.

In March, a rat had delayed an international flight by more than three hours. In November last year, a rabid dog entered the airport and bit four people before it was captured in a three-hour chase.

The airport is currently undergoing a 1.94-billion-dollar revamp to provide better facilities and double its capacity to 37 million passengers by 2010.

Story here.

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