Aug 19, 2009

The New Threat In Town

Thinking of planning a day out? Read First!

Picnicking(1), one of the most relaxing and possibly romantic outdoor activities that millions of men, women and children across the globe enjoy. Picnicking and hiking(2), another extraneous(3) activity, have both been jeopardized by a threat other than mosquitoes(4), the Taiwan Macaques(5). In 2001 the monkeys were reported to be more than 250,000 in number. Assuming the females give birth every 1 or 2 years, the populous has more than likely exploded. Supposedly a rare species, they have certainly started to show their faces a lot.

Imagine this:

You plan a trip with your family to hike to a picnic area with a gorgeous view. Reaching the top you see a single monkey and thus do not feel threatened, therefore proceeding with the outing. Your kids are playing with a ball only a few feet away and you call them in for a sandwich. They journey, with the sandwich, to a spot in the shade and commence eating. All is well.

"Ahhhhhh!" The scream fades into a gurgle. Turning your head, a sight that will remain ingrained into your mind forever. A group of macaques has attacked your child(ren). One slashes at the face while another bites at an ankle, but the worst is yet to come. The monkeys steal that sandwich you had spent two hours making. The ham and cheese sandwich, lightly toasted with a leaf of lettuce cut into a heart, is ripped from your child(ren)'s bleeding hands and torn apart.

Something I doubt you would enjoy seeing happen, that is unless you are some sadistic creep. But what can we do to stop this menace? Unfortunately, nothing. These monkeys are protected by Taiwanese laws. If any harm falls upon the monkeys, the person(s) who caused the harm will be fined anywhere from $200,000NT ($6,000US) to $1,000,000NT ($30,000US) as well as six months to five years imprisonment.

So, if you are planning a day out with your family and/or loved one, you may want to 'think again'(6).

Extra Information

1. The act of having a picnic.
2. The act of going for a hike.
3. Synonym for 'Outside'.
4. A flying insect that is sort of like a vampire without fangs and carries disease.
5. A monkey. Threatens outdoor activity in Taiwan that ranges from 500 to 1000ft.
6. National Geographic Channel's Slogan.


This post may be a bit exaggerated.
The photo of the macaque is one I took, so no copying, at least not until I say you can.

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