Fears over unruly, rabid monkeys attacking President Trump or the First Lady during the first state visit to India is causing consternation among local officials and citizens.  

A monkey perches atop a billboard showing President Trump and Prime Minister Modi, a rabid animal problem India is trying to solve during a state visit on Feb 24 and 25. Credit: AP

The fear is that an attack during a visit to the nation’s iconic landmark and monument, the Taj Mahal, could cause a diplomatic tiff that could impact pivotal trade negotiations expected to take place.

In response, a Patrol ‘Monkey Taskforce’ with catapults to wade off the out-of-control animals in a bid to keep them away from President Trump has been created.  

A Patrol ‘Monkey Taskforce’ with catapults has been created to wade off the rabid animals during President Trump’s state visit on February 24 and 25. Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto
India has created a Patrol ‘Taskforce’ to deal with the out-of-control monkey problem at the nation’s iconic landmark, Taj Mahal, during a state visit by President Trump. Credit: Reuters

Although the U.S. President may have the world’s best elite protection force, the U.S. Secret Service with him, locals fear that it won’t be enough to protect him from the broods of marauding animals known to have a penchant of attacking tourists who visit the site.

According to a local official, the number of monkey in and around the landmark site alone is estimated to be about 700 with efforts of sterilization to stem population grown having drastically failed.  Local paper report that women and children are now afraid to go outside since the rabid monkey have taken over their rooftops and will attack them anytime.

A monkey fetches for food at the river bank by the Taj Mahal, India’s iconic national monument. Credit: Reuters
India has created a Patrol ‘Monkey Taskforce’ with catapults to keep rabid monkeys at bay during a state visit by President Trump on February 24 and 25. Credit: Emily Goodin

It remains to be seen whether India’s newly-minted IPatrol ‘Monkey Taskforce’ will be effective in wading off the unruly monkeys with catapults and keep them at bay from the visiting U.S. President, the First Lady and their travelling team.

President Trump is in the East Asian country on a 2-day state visit on February 24 and 25, his first official state visit to the country since became President three years ago.  

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