Holy rhesus monkeys-The gods have become pests

A funny picture of rhesus monkey.

Rhesus monkeys have lived in Vrindavan, India, for as long as anyone can remember.

The monkeys are considered sacred by many and have been free to roam the Hindu holy city without fear of capture—until now, that is.

According to New Scientist magazine, the rhesus population has risen sharply there in recent years because the number of pilgrims feeding them has increased.

Feeding the monkeys is thought to bring prosperity.

Over the years, however, the monkeys have become almost totally dependent on handouts because there is very little greenery.

They have begun to steal bags and enter houses to look for food.

Residents have agreed to have as much as 60 percent of the monkey population captured and relocated to rural areas.

The gods have become pests.