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Chocoholic monkey bites 38 people

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A monkey in South Chennai, with a serious addiction to chocolates, has gone on a biting spree. The monkey had reportedly bitten 38 people, of which 25 were children.

The addiction to chocolates began when a few kids in the Sembakkam area of South Chennai began feeding it chocolates and biscuits. The monkey developed a taste for them. The monkey allegedly began to follow the kids, ending up biting 38 people. The chocolate have made the monkey dislike bananas, which is part of its natural food.

The monkey, of the Bonnet Macaque species, is locally known as “naatu korangu”. After a four-day-long chase by the forest officials and volunteers, it was captured and sent to the Vandalur zoo.

Conservationists have warned people not to feed wild animals with human food. The eating habits of monkeys have been changing lately due to the misguided kindness of human beings. The Bonnet Macaque monkeys feed only on plants, fruits, and tiny insects. But their food habits get disturbed when people start feeding it with random human foods, which eventually gets the monkeys addicted to our foods. Over time, they either become completely dependent on people for food or start attacking them.

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