Hopefully, normal service will resume now onwards ... ha ha. For the past five days, I've been spending some time at the Dewan Sri Pinang, dropping in on the Penang heritage city international chess open tournament organised by the Penang Chess Association. As usual, many people got their facts wrong because George Town was listed as an Historical City by UNESCO and not a heritage city. Secondly, wrong spelling of the city again in their banners and other materials .... oh, WTF.!--->
Anyway, it was not until Saturday that I took a real close look at the caged animals at the side entrance of the Dewan Sri Pinang. Basically, there are four cages in all with two meant for some exotic birds (peacocks and peahens) while the other two hold two monkeys.
I was taken aback that the Dewan authorities are keeping monkeys behind wire mesh enclosures. A sorry sight. In the first place, these don't look like local monkeys. Also, it's cruelty to the monkeys. Who proposed the cages? What was the objective? It's a cruel, insensitive joke to keep monkeys as exhibits here, in my opinion. Animals too need freedom but here at the Dewan Sri Pinang, these animals are imprisoned, deprived of their own animal rights. I'm sure people coming to the Dewan are not interested to look at fowls or monkeys. It's time that the project be reviewed, scrapped and the animals sent to a proper zoo. It's not doing more harm than good to Penang's reputation.
When I went on Saturday, the monkeys were caged separately. Both were docile initially, avoiding people and moving around in circles. I went up to one of them and took a photo. I was surprised by what happened next.
This monkey suddenly went berserk and started to tear out its hair. Then it tried to bite its foot off, as this photo showed. It went really wild. It was violent and it wasn't very nice for people to see.
And on Sunday, I saw that the monkeys had been moved together. But I could see that one was dominant and territorial. It always tried to attack the other. Once, the dominant creature caught up with the other and they started biting. I really believed the aggression came from being caged up too long.