Monkeys and dogs reclaim India’s streets
With India’s 1.3 billion population and tens of millions of cars conspicuous by their absence, stray domestic animals and wildlife have moved to fill the void, while also suffering from the pandemic fallout.
In the financial capital Mumbai, peacocks have been seen perched on top of parked cars, displaying their spectacular trains.
In Delhi, troops of monkeys now scamper over the walls of the Rashtrapati Bhawan presidential compound, past military guards and into the grounds of ministries and other official buildings.
“They are stealing a lot more, but not yet threatening humans,” said one officer on duty at the palace entrance.
The Rhesus macaque monkeys — who often snatch food from shoppers’ bags — have long been a problem in the capital, but there have been reports of some getting into office buildings during the lockdown.