24 July 2009

TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (229)

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of The Telegraph (from Monday, July 20; link good at time of posting):
Bosses at Knowsley Safari Park are warning motorists to beware of the baboons, after the animals learned how to open rooftop luggage and began stealing items such as underwear after helping themselves to the contents.

The monkeys - who are known for tearing off the odd windscreen wiper or wing mirror - have been causing havoc at the park after learning how to crack open the rooftop luggage boxes of visitors passing through their jungle enclosure.

Dozens have been targeting cars carrying the boxes before pouncing and leaving the unsuspecting families to watch helplessly as the monkeys tear open their cases and scamper off with their clothes and underwear.

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Safari Park General Manager, David Ross, said, “When the first luggage box was broken into we didn’t really take an awful lot of notice - we just thought it was a one-off incident with a faulty box or lock.

“However, when the problem kept happening, it quickly became clear that the baboons had acquired an unfortunate new skill.

. . . .

“Let’s face it, nobody wants to see a baboon running up a tree with their underwear.

“For this reason, we now issue a warning to all visitors with luggage boxes as a matter of course.

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