The monkey, a simian, doesn’t really understand the borders between India and Pakistan. When it crossed over into Pakistan territory recently, they captured it and placed it in a zoo. The simian is being treated well and is well liked by visitors to the zoo.
India feels it is not right to put animals into zoos. They feel the animals should be permitted to roam freely and are asking Pakistan to please release the monkey.
A monkey in a reserve in India plays with someone’s drink container. He is free to roam.
At this time, the monkey who was caught by wildlife officials on December 5th, 2011 is being kept in the Bahawalpur zoo. They gave it the name Bobby. His living quarters are right next to a Pakistani monkey named Raju.
The animal rights group in India is hoping that Pakistan will agree to release the monkey. They are pointing out that animals don’t know what borders are. They just wander around and visit areas of interest to them. Placing him in a cage is unfair treatment. They are asking Pakistan, that if any future animals are captured, to please rehabilitate them outside a prison type center. They are asking that the monkey become a messenger of peace and freedom between the two countries.
I know monkeys and apes are considered to be rather intelligent. They are in fact capable of learning to read and relate to words for things they want, such as an apple or a hug. I am sure they are actually able to do more than that. They are also very loving parents to their children. But is it possible for one living in the wild to know the difference between India and Pakistan? Are they able to recognize the fact they have crossed a border and are not wanted in the other country? If they are not able to comprehend the difference, is it fair to place them in a zoo like a prisoner instead of returning them to their own country.
That may be yet to be decided as India and Pakistan are looking into what to do in this particular situation where Bobby, a monkey from India is currently being kept in a zoo with Raju in Pakistan.