Sunday, 12 October 2014

Thirty troublesome Gibraltar monkeys to be deported to Scottish safari park

Barbary macaques are raiding bins and creating a nuisance so Blair Drummond near Stirling has offered them a new home

Chris Johnston and agencies

theguardian.com, Saturday 11 October 2014 13.51 BST

Thirty of Gibraltar’s most troublesome monkeys are to be banished to Scotland, in a bid to reduce the disruption the animals cause.

The wild Barbary macaques will be flown to Blair Drummond safari park near Stirling on Tuesday as part of an effort to tackle the monkey business affecting local residents.

Gibraltar has Europe’s only wild population of monkeys. While they are a tourist attraction, their numbers have risen to about 200 and some have started raiding rubbish bins in search of food and creating a nuisance.

The 30 naughtiest monkeys were identified by tagging the animals with GPS collars to monitor how far they ranged from their home on a nature reserve.

Those macaques were caught in recent weeks and will be flown to Scotland on a chartered plane accompanied by two handlers.

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