Photo and caption by Mary-Lou Emmert Snow Monkeys bathing in the hot springs in Jigokudani Japan A person is simply awe-struck watching the monkeys going about their daily lives. The youngsters playing, the adults socializing and de-lousing one another. Resting, holding onto the sides of the pool. Part of 2010 National Geographic Photography Contest Galleries | Nature Gallery—Week 8
They live in groups of 11-64, typically 1 male:multi-female, but occasionally multimale:multifemale. They have a home range of 200-1200ha. Hanuman langurs spend up to 80 per cent of their time on the ground, although they will also spend time in the trees. They are diurnal and move quadrupedally. When a new male takes over a troop, he systematically kills all the infants sired by the previous alpha male.
The Hanuman Langur (Semnopitheaus entellus) is adapted to eating tough food which others find indigestible. They can even eat seeds with high levels of the toxins like strychnine (Strychnos nox-vomica) and distasteful vegetation avoided by other creatures. They feed mainly on leaves and other vegetation but also search the ground for fallen fruit and nuts. They also snack on insects, fungi and tree gum. They may even eat soil or stones, probably for minerals to help detoxify their food. They are thus found in a wide range of habitats from the plains to forests.
Delhi authorities are to deploy a contingent of langurs — a large type of monkey — at Commonwealth Games venues to help chase away smaller simians from the sporting extravaganza.
From Wednesday, 10 langurs will be put on duty outside Games venues in the Indian capital, with the boxing and hockey stadiums seen as particularly vulnerable to monkey misbehaviour, an official said.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has a regular team of 28 langurs which are used to scare away their weaker brethren in VIP areas of the city, but 10 more have been brought in from the neighbouring state of Rajasthan.
Four of them will be posted outside the boxing complex with their handlers, while another four will patrol the hockey complex. Two have been kept in reserve to respond in the event of an emergency.
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