Things are getting a little out of hand in Saudi Arabia’s western Mecca Province, Arab News reports. Troops of baboons are terrorizing villages and people aren’t sure what to do about it. Unlike in India, which has it’s own problems with rhesus macaques, baboons are considerably bigger… and have big teeth!
Also unlike India, Saudis have no religious compulsion to preserve the lives of the alien combatants. Calls for poisoning the simians are already being raised.
Village south of Qunfudah fights off baboon invasion
JEDDAH: Arab News
A minor war has broken out south of Qunfudah in the village of Kiad where large groups of hungry baboons from nearby valleys are attacking residences in search of food and drink. Residents have employed a variety of methods to combat the primates but it is still a daily battle from sunrise to sunset.
Hussein Al-Barakati, a resident of Kiad, said that he feared for his mother’s safety as she lives alone near the valley. Baboons raid her home from time to time in search of water. Weather conditions have left the valley parched and prompted the baboons to forage among the humans.
Hussain said that he did not find it inconceivable that a major disaster would strike the village because of baboons invading people’s homes, noting that some of the animals are quite large.