April 03, 2008


Discourage monkeys from coming into your home by placing rubber snakes, bright yellow or orange balls with painted big, black eyes or face masks in prominent/problem locations. Preferably these should be strung up so they can move in the breeze and should be relocated regularly.
Should you encounter a monkey in your house - don’t panic. The monkey is more afraid of what you are going to do to him than you are of the monkey. Walk quietly and slowly (don’t shout and wave your arms) behind the monkey allowing him to see you at all times. Use your presence to guide him to an open escape route. Keeping the monkey from panicking will surely save on broken glassware and general mayhem.
Contrary to popular belief, monkeys do not carry rabies but remember, any animal can be infected with the disease if bitten . . .
Aggression begets aggression . . . every cornered animal is dangerous. Instinctively, flight is preferred to fight but it is also instinctive for an animal to protect his own. During breeding season when mothers are carrying their young babies, the monkeys will be a lot more nervous than normal and aggression can be invoked far more quickly. Who would want it any other way!
Remember that in the animal world, sudden movement indicates attack, a show of teeth is a sign of aggression, direct eye contact is a challenge - be aware of your own body language when approaching any wild animal!
Wounds from fights and skirmishes are part of the natural course of events and we should not interfere - allow nature its way.
If you do come across an injured animal:
* remember it's traumatized and will behave accordingly
* approach the animal calmly and quietly
* call for rescue assistance if it is still mobile or retrieval is awkward
* keep the animal warm until medical assistance is available