Authorities in Pakistan’s Punjab province have “arrested” a monkey after it crossed the border with India, according to a media report on Tuesday.
The monkey finally made his way to the Bahawalpur zoo on Monday after being caught by wildlife officials following hectic chase in the Cholistan desert area.
It had crossed the border into Pakistan earlier this week and was apprehended when the animal got stuck in a tree. Earlier, attempts by villagers and wildlife officials to catch it proved futile. Wildlife staff said that the monkey was too fast for them.
The monkey’s caretaker at the zoo, Muhammad Iqbal, said that he was delighted with the new addition and the zoo staff had named him Bobby. Bobby is in good shape, said Iqbal, adding that the word has gotten round of the new arrival and people were flocking to the zoo to meet the new resident.
Bobby is the immediate neighbour of Raju, a local monkey, who made headlines two weeks back when he escaped from the zoo.
Raju eluded zoo officials for several days and was captured only after Iqbal let out Rani, a female monkey, who then lured him back.