Thursday, September 05, 2019

Monkey, pigeons keep airport staff guessing

Chennai: After a couple of years, the monkey menace is back at Chennai airport. For a few days now, a monkey has been giving officials of the Airports Authority of India and Forest Department a tough time.

But, so far, it hasn’t troubled or caused any harm to any of the passengers, sources said.

“The Forest Department personnel have placed a few cages with some eggs and other food items inside them. It has been quite difficult to catch the simian because all of a sudden it goes into hiding and comes out once in a while. We should be able to catch it soon,” an official said.
Two weeks ago, a monkey came into the terminal and was later caught with the assistance of the Forest Department, he added.

Airports Authority of India officials said they haven’t been able to find out how and from where these monkeys get into the terminal.

“Some say they jump off from the inter-state trucks passing through GST Road and enter the airport. But we are not sure of it,” he added.
Chennai airport has been dealing with pigeons flying around the terminal. Officials said they have caught about 10 so far and are in the process of closing all the openings from which these birds enter. Passengers said, these birds are feeding the leftovers and continue to remain near the security check area.
05/09/19 Sunita Sekar/The Hindu

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