20 Jul '11, 4am

Marauding Gangs of Monkeys Invade Rio de Janeiro

In Rio de Janeiro, bold bands of marauding monkeys are turning to a life of looting and mischief. By the dozens, young capuchin monkeys have been descending the nearby hills to sneak into homes and steal fruit and other food from unsuspecting residents -- wreaking havoc in the process. "They come in, make a mess, break and throw everything onto the floor," says one destraught resident of Rio's primate-sacked South Zone. But local experts say that kind-hearted humans may be to blame for unleashing this proverbial barrel of monkeys. Sure, in still-photos and wildlife documentaries, capachin monkey are undeniably adorable and seem rather harmless,but the recent slew of break-ins and thefts have familirized locals with their more cunning qualities. In fact, an investigation from Jornal Floripa recorded some surprisingly well-orcastrated incidents of looting. By mimicking a bir...

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