Swinging both sides: Trespassing Indian monkey caught in Bahawalpur

Published: December 6, 2011
Bobby, the monkey, has been moved to the local zoo. DESIGN: JAMAL KHURSHID

Bobby, the monkey, has been moved to the local zoo. DESIGN: JAMAL KHURSHID

BAHAWALPUR: In a bizarre turn of events, Monday saw the capture of a cross-border trespasser – a monkey, found wandering in Cholistan, all the way from India.

As soon as the monkey entered the Cholistan area of Bahawalpur district, locals tried to capture it but failed as the monkey dodged past them.

Local residents then informed the wildlife officials, who after some struggle, managed to capture the strayed monkey.

The monkey was later placed at the Bahawalpur zoo, said Mohammad Iqbal, who is now his caretaker. According to reports, the newest resident of the zoo has been named Bobby.

Iqbal told The Express Tribune that Bobby was a clever monkey, and it was the first of kind in the Bahawalpur zoo. He added that visitors were very happy to see him.

Iqbal said that Bobby, who is almost four years old, is in good health and is being fed fruits in his pen along with his Pakistani neighbour, Raju.

This is not the first case of such cross-border animal arrests. Last year, Indian police held a pigeon under armed guard after it was caught on an “alleged spying mission” for Pakistan.

The bird was found by a local resident in India’s Punjab state, which borders Pakistan, and was taken to a police station 40 kilometres from the capital Amritsar.

(Additional input by news desk)

Published in The Express Tribune, December 6th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (117)

  • Mohammad Assad
    Dec 5, 2011 - 5:47PM

    Arrested? Are you sure? Seems to me it was captured and transferred to the zoo.


  • Dec 5, 2011 - 5:48PM

    I guess arrest is a wrong word!


  • Ahmad
    Dec 5, 2011 - 5:56PM

    are you censored-ing kidding me? seriously these people need to get a life!


  • babloo
    Dec 5, 2011 - 5:57PM

    hahhaa,,, if this give you some self relief, go on Recommend

  • Kashif Iqbal
    Dec 5, 2011 - 5:58PM



  • Acorn Guts
    Dec 5, 2011 - 6:00PM

    Huh .. taking advantage of the new MFN status are you monkey? we’ll teach you! Bahawalpur zoo it if for you .. and the kids ‘will be’ allowed to feed animals. So it be!


  • @in
    Dec 5, 2011 - 6:01PM

    One word, Jahalat.


  • Ali
    Dec 5, 2011 - 6:03PM

    Who is the iodiot who has written that article.

    These so-called (neem-hakeem kind of) journalists are a curse for Pakistan’s reputation.

    Shame on Express News.


  • Dec 5, 2011 - 6:07PM

    Hehe… amusing.. :p


  • Bill
    Dec 5, 2011 - 6:10PM

    The pigeon story is hilarious compared to the monkey


  • lol
    Dec 5, 2011 - 6:15PM

    name says it all


    Dec 5, 2011 - 6:16PM

    Unlike Pakistani pegeon, the Indian monkey was not found to be on a spying mission therefore it must be returned to India unharmed since he must be missing his family members which tantamounts to cruelty to animals. The Indian ambassador must take up the issue of his early release with the GOP who I am sure would oblige and avoid spoiling of relations between the two nuclear armed neighbours.


  • Tahir Amjad
    Dec 5, 2011 - 6:20PM



  • Voice of Baloch
    Dec 5, 2011 - 6:25PM

    Good job Pakistan now we don’t face any danger from India. This is a great landmark in the history of Pakistani defense :)


  • Dec 5, 2011 - 6:31PM

    Vienna,December 5,2011
    Monkey is better suited as messenger and Ambassador. Even
    In Ramlila of Lal Kishan Advani, Hanuman was a golden short
    pant wearing spy messenger.But Monkey king Sugreeva´s step
    son Angada was duly appointed Ambassador sent by Rama
    to Sri Lanka seeking the release of Abducted Sita! I hope
    bobby rests in Pakistan Bahawalpur zoo for interrogation.
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna


  • Dec 5, 2011 - 6:38PM

    Anybody checked them for diseases?


  • Babloo
    Dec 5, 2011 - 6:45PM

    The monkey has gone back to his homeland and is now among his own people.


  • Tanzeel
    Dec 5, 2011 - 6:47PM

    What about those sharks I sent for spying Indian Naval installations.


  • wait, what?
    Dec 5, 2011 - 6:47PM

    What on earth do you mean arrested? The monkey was captured and then kept in the zoo. Did the pakistani authorities also detain it under suspicion of spying? If not then the headline is unneccesarily inflammatory.


  • Babloo
    Dec 5, 2011 - 6:53PM

    Its suspected that the monkey was sent on some ‘monkey business’ by India. Upon interrogation by punjab police, the monkey has confessed to numerous crimes inside pakistan.


  • Zeeshan
    Dec 5, 2011 - 7:02PM

    Spy maybe?


  • let there be peace
    Dec 5, 2011 - 7:05PM

    As usual uncivilized and belligerent behavior by Pakistan. They sent ISI pigeons and now arresting innocent tourist monkeys.


  • Dec 5, 2011 - 7:06PM

    @R S JOHAR:
    lol and the pakistani pigeon was found spying ure saying? this story is getting funnier!


  • Anjum
    Dec 5, 2011 - 7:11PM

    @R S JOHAR:
    hahaha… you are so right :) Dry humour, that’s the way to go about it, have a nice day.


  • Cute
    Dec 5, 2011 - 7:17PM

    lol arrest!! :P


  • Anu
    Dec 5, 2011 - 7:19PM

    maybe there are some spying devices installed on the monkey.


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Dec 5, 2011 - 7:19PM

    Arrest monkey! capture pigeon!!
    Come to think of it, we used to fight wars. The whole Indo-Pak business lost its charm :(


  • RRS
    Dec 5, 2011 - 7:21PM

    must be raw agent


  • Uzair
    Dec 5, 2011 - 7:31PM

    Anybody ever heard of the term “sarcasm”? Recommend

  • Lobster
    Dec 5, 2011 - 7:38PM

    Unrelated Breaking News on Indian TV: “PM Singh gone missing”.


  • Truth Teller
    Dec 5, 2011 - 7:52PM

    Monkey is a RAW+Mossad+CIA agent.


  • Dec 5, 2011 - 7:58PM

    What’s so odd? Pakistan has always arrested Indian “monkeys” whenever they have crossed borders,


  • Trick-or-Treat
    Dec 5, 2011 - 8:25PM

    Free our Monkeys ! I hope JuD does not try to convert the monkey !!


  • Dec 5, 2011 - 8:35PM

    Panchhi, Nadiya, Pawan ke Jhonke…
    koi sarhad na inhe roke…

    Ummm..also monkeys if you please :-)


  • Yoda
    Dec 5, 2011 - 8:40PM

    “Indian monkey”? That’s just racist.


  • Roflcopter
    Dec 5, 2011 - 8:45PM



  • siddiqui
    Dec 5, 2011 - 8:48PM

    yes… and it has no place in the news section…


  • Dec 5, 2011 - 8:53PM

    Good for BWP zoo.


  • hana
    Dec 5, 2011 - 9:16PM

    first test the monkey for diseases like Yellow Fever which is not currently present in Pakistan. If the monkey has brought the disease, it will be another big burden on our health care system.Recommend

  • Pundit
    Dec 5, 2011 - 9:20PM

    The Indian helicopter has more luck than the indian monkey.


  • Asad
    Dec 5, 2011 - 10:18PM

    A monkey? Youve gotta be kidding me


  • mubuku grappa
    Dec 5, 2011 - 11:01PM

    The spy pigeon should marry the spy monkey, hoping they are both not male (or female). Their offspring should then born as super spies.


  • mawali
    Dec 5, 2011 - 11:02PM

    Funny, make sure you convert the sucker! We can’t have infidel Monkeys running around. One more monkey saved!


  • R.A
    Dec 5, 2011 - 11:15PM

    The monkey did not cross over to Pakistan by mistake. He just came to meet Veena.Recommend

  • Ruturaj
    Dec 5, 2011 - 11:30PM

    Oh my God [email protected] ha ha ha ha…… Our Krishna ji should talk to Hina Rabani for the extradition of the monkey. He should immediately dispatch an extradition team to the Pakistan. ha ha ha….Recommend

  • Raya
    Dec 6, 2011 - 12:25AM

    See the fun! what a height of mistrust between two neighboring countries! Some days ago a pigeon was reported to be on an espionage mission from Pakistan on Indian soil.Now a poor monkey has been arrested not on the charge of spying but as a stray animal.I think innocent animals/birds should be spared by labeling them as spy or an intruder.The word “arrested” used for Indian monkey crossing the border, suggests that reporter is having good sense of humor.


  • mk
    Dec 6, 2011 - 12:26AM


    hahahaha! too funny!


  • Rafi Ka Deewana
    Dec 6, 2011 - 12:31AM

    Pakistanis, don’t take it lightly. Centuries ago, an Indian monkey went to Sri Lanka and history will tell you what happened there. The way Pakistan is progressing right now, I am getting some weird feelings about the whole situation!


  • LOL
    Dec 6, 2011 - 12:32AM

    What in God’s name Haha this can’t be real? The poor monkey and pigeon lol this is too funny .
    Maybe if they release OUR pigeon we can release their monkey hahahahahhahahahah o Dear this just made my day.. Happy Monday Ya’ll


  • Rafi Ka Deewana
    Dec 6, 2011 - 12:38AM

    “The monkey is placed in the Bahawalpur Zoo now and is named Bobby. PHOTO: FILE ”
    I bet Dimple Kapadia is going to sue the Pakistanis (if Veena sues the Indians) on calling the monkey Bobby.


  • G. Din
    Dec 6, 2011 - 1:17AM

    Thanks, ET, for a little levity!Recommend

  • Sohail Rizki
    Dec 6, 2011 - 1:51AM

    Once an American monkey landed in India, US had to pay heavy water price to India to keep him there, but India refused and returned him back to the US.


  • man.IN
    Dec 6, 2011 - 2:10AM

    @Sohail Rizki: We have many camels and goats waiting for pakistani tourists [no terrorists please]


  • ali tanoli
    Dec 6, 2011 - 2:27AM

    51 comments for poor monkey


  • Saleem
    Dec 6, 2011 - 2:31AM

    Monkey came looking for Veena Malik ……..


  • Blue eyed Indian
    Dec 6, 2011 - 3:57AM

    @Kulamarva Balakrishna: Oh my God, no offense dude but your style of blogging is killing me. Seriously why is there a header and footer in your every message. I am not sure you realize it, but it is seriously quite annoying. Just type your message as every normal person here does.


  • Cynical
    Dec 6, 2011 - 4:18AM

    Monkey came to check how Darwin’s theory of evolution working in this part of the world.


  • Dec 6, 2011 - 4:23AM

    The monkey was “arrested” because the monkey was crossing the border without VISA. Actually, the monkey went with a message from BCCI: “To request Pakistan Cricket Board to have more cricket matches between the two countries so as to develop better rapport between the two countries (not 4 spying lyk Pakistani pigeon).” So, the monkey shud be released unharm. We would lyk to see more cricket matches n Sachin achieving his milestone while playing against the rival country…..Hahaha…Recommend

  • Sheheryar
    Dec 6, 2011 - 7:30AM

    .. very poor journalism …

    … the so-called journalist cannot differentiate between capture of an animal by Wildlife Deptt / zoo placement … and an arrest by police / jailing …

    … Express Tribune; zero marks for editorial competence …


  • Alex Forster
    Dec 6, 2011 - 7:33AM

    The monkey needs an Advocate


    In medieval France, young lawyer Richard Courtois leaves Paris for the simpler life in the country. However, he is soon drawn into amorous and political intrigues. At the same time, he is pushed to defend a pig, owned by the mysterious gypsy Samira. The pig has been arrested for the murder of a young boy. Written by Reid Gagle

    Set in 15th century France. A Parisian lawyer wearies of the cynical sophistication of the capital and solicits appointment as the public defender in a remote, rural province. He finds himself expected to defend a pig in a murder trial. (As the public prosector says, “Anyone who knows animals knows there are good ones and bad ones.”) What initially appears to be a case based on simple rural superstition turns out to conceal a far worse corruption. Eventually the lawyer returns to the capital, having learned that cynical sophistication is not so easily evaded.


  • CK
    Dec 6, 2011 - 7:43AM

    Thats the only thing Pakistan can intercept and capture for violating its border.


    Dec 6, 2011 - 9:40AM

    ET by publishing this humorous story has conveyed an important message of peace to both countries that the cross-border violations should be restricted to pigions and monkeys only and no non-state actors please.


  • Imran
    Dec 6, 2011 - 9:44AM

    Was he tortured to make a confession, if so than his comments shouldn’t be used in court


  • tosher
    Dec 6, 2011 - 9:57AM

    monkey was a mossad agent since quran says jews are descendents of apes lol


  • Bahadar Ali
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:01AM

    Indians sends cattle over the border for Qurbani but never monkeys. Maybe it was a cursed human who was converted to a monkey by some watchfull saint at the border. To E.T any animal caught or captured is considered aressted& sent jail for court proceeding. I wonder if monkey has a laywer to show his immigration papers. Or maybe it the monkey from the movie “outbreak”. Where monkey was a career of deadly decnease. Anyway any such animal must be quarantined not put in public zoo.


  • Javed
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:05AM

    Mullah – it is the work of the Zionists that the Money has come into our territory to perpetrate unholy things.
    ISI – Clearly the monkey is a RAW agent spying on us on Ameerki/Zionist behest
    Veena – Although the Monkey is fully clothed when it crossed – it morphed into what you see right now.


  • soumu
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:36AM

    this is only a harmless animal why so much trouble to catch him


  • jagjit sidhoo
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:47AM

    @R S JOHAR: Indian ambassador has better things to do hopefully


  • jagjit sidhoo
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:54AM

    @Yuri Kondratyuk: If the blood thirst of the hawks on both sides is quenched by arresting monkeys and pigeons i think we must send these animals across the border on a regular basis.


  • jagjit sidhoo
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:57AM

    @Uzair: We dont any time for such words we are too busy with words like hate


  • jagjit sidhoo
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:58AM

    @Lobster: Arrest him and keep him


  • Mohammad
    Dec 6, 2011 - 11:04AM

    superb…. just make sure you give VIP treatment to this monkey after proper investigation like the Indians are giving to Ajmal Kasab…lol.


  • 2Pak
    Dec 6, 2011 - 11:11AM

    Here comes the runaway monkey groom from India.


  • man.IN
    Dec 6, 2011 - 11:17AM

    1 monkey,72 comments!!
    bahot na insaafi he.


  • Dec 6, 2011 - 11:28AM

    Vienna,December 6,2011
    Both the monkey arrest & Veena´s purported nude are
    great human interest themes for a newspaper in different
    ways. I should congratulate ET editorial staff on that.
    Look the readership response.As for “normal” comment
    inscribers, they have no idea of the difference between
    ordinary and normal.But all the same are found to be
    intoxicated of their knowledge of ABCs of the IT.
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna


  • Kainat
    Dec 6, 2011 - 11:30AM

    Ohhhh.. come on guys… the monkey was just kept in a zoo…. he was captured nd kept in the zoo…. not arrested cuz he was an Indian… use ur brain IF U HAVE,,,, i just dont know why Indians are always in a mood of fighting……


  • Biff Henderson
    Dec 6, 2011 - 11:49AM

    I hope the authorities had the good sense to check to see if the primate was sporting a monkey crotch spy camera…


  • Khan
    Dec 6, 2011 - 12:02PM

    send back R S Johar


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Dec 6, 2011 - 12:50PM

    @Blue eyed Indian:
    I second your comments about Kulamarva Balakrishna of the Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India posting from Vienna along with the date of the post

    Sir Kulamarva, could you please heed to @Blue eyed Indian’s (and my) humble request?


  • Jayan
    Dec 6, 2011 - 1:20PM

    We will keep Veena with us you keep the monkey with you


  • Dec 6, 2011 - 1:30PM

    Vienna,December 6,2011
    Without head and feet that makes only “kabandha”,
    meaning torso Tavarish Yuri kondratyukevich.There is
    no way of serious communication with the unidentified
    sungle or multified torsos, Sir.
    Taravadu Taranga trust for Media monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna


  • attif
    Dec 6, 2011 - 1:32PM

    Another national security failure,how come he allowed to cross the border.Recommend

  • MS
    Dec 6, 2011 - 1:52PM

    new tennis doubles partners…Bobby and Raju, LMFAO


    Dec 6, 2011 - 1:55PM

    Dear “Kulamarva Balakrishna of the Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India posting from Vienna along with the date of the post” – Can u give urself and us a break by not posting ur co-ordinates. It is an extremely irritating habit


  • Rahul
    Dec 6, 2011 - 2:21PM

    Now Pakistan should investigate the Passport/VISA of the monkey. Might be the monkey is an illegal immigrant from India. ISI should take the monkey in custody for interrogation. And ISI will come up with conclusion that this is a RAW agent. Finally our PM will send a high level delegation team to Pak for the condition free release of the Monkey. But, Pak will seek the exchange of Pak Pigeon which our Indian counterpart captured, sorry arrested. ha ha ha ….


  • Alphy
    Dec 6, 2011 - 2:27PM

    Is the Indian High Commission going to do something about this?? Is the monkey not entitled to access to embassy personnel and legal aid? Hopefully its fate would be better than its Indian cousins arrested in China for smuggling or the thousands of temporary workers languishing in Gulf country jails.


  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,IBA Karachi
    Dec 6, 2011 - 2:51PM

    Bobby what a pathetic name!


  • Farrah Ali
    Dec 6, 2011 - 3:23PM

    oh my word, this news has calmed me right down before my exam this morning!! Thank you desi’s. Maybe I’ll see the monkey in Pakistan in a few months time, I’m sure he/she will still be in captivity for some time to come. :)


  • Dec 6, 2011 - 4:49PM

    Probably the first most commented ODD space ever.


  • Truth Teller
    Dec 6, 2011 - 5:02PM

    We condemn the arrest of 007 Monkey like we condemn bomb attacks, drone strikes, etc. Let’s call for a general strike on coming Friday & ask JUD & Talibans to lead the rallies.


  • Zavia
    Dec 6, 2011 - 5:22PM

    Make sure its not a RAW agent ……. LOLRecommend

  • Lofted Shot
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:17PM

    Hahahaa, It seem Bobby got Raw Bomb attached to his Arse :D Wah jee Wah kia Khabar hai


  • Sohail Rizki
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:29PM

    I am searching for a news about this monkey as to what Manzoor Ajaz had to say.


  • Sohail Rizki
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:31PM

    @man.IN: but I need an Indian cow


  • ks
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:45PM

    @to all critics
    you can smuggal heroine and diamonds in the skin and stomach of animals.. try to be sensible.. every cross border activity must be monitored.. critics should be done on wrong actions but not on every action. adios..


  • Hassan
    Dec 6, 2011 - 8:57PM

    So even if a monkey crosses from India – it will be arrested. But if US troops come inside the country, complete the operation and go back. Recommend

  • Saleem
    Dec 6, 2011 - 10:01PM

    @Sohail Rizki:

    Mansoor Ijaz was on CNN and confirmed that this monkey was sent to Pakistan by Indian for a covert operation with blessing from Pakistan’s higher ups.

    Pakistan’s so called nationalist parties, JI, JUI & JUD has condemned this Indian covert operation and will be taking out rallies across Pakistan this Friday. They will be burning cars, buses, and buildings of Pakistani citizens against this Indian aggression.


  • Dec 6, 2011 - 10:43PM

    @Lofted Shot:
    What a sick comment! Hope you know what you are saying! A poor innocent animal ! Maybe it’s family is missing him/her! May God give you some sense and learn to respect insaan as well as haiwaan!Recommend

  • Arindom
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:29AM

    How dare you arrest the monkey – he has Diplomatic Immunity.!!!!
    We’ll raise a complaint in the UN for violation of the Geneva Conventions!!


  • Bahadur Ali
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:51AM

    There is a shortage of monkeys in Pakistan. We need to import more monkeys from India for entertainment. It’s been a while since I see a monkey dance. A monkey will fetch good money for the poor & certainly for the seller & exporters too. Also, I wonder how far the woods are that monkeys live in from the border, we never heard routine crossing of monkeys at the border. How come it crosses the border undetected, while so many poor thrown in lifelong jail for wandering-over just for picking woods?


  • Cynical
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:53AM

    @Sohail Rizki

    “but I need an Indian cow.”

    Why do you need a cow? Are you one of the ‘cattle class’


  • Hanif Tayab Hasan
    Dec 7, 2011 - 3:01AM

    Why Have They Named Him ?…. Would this be for Paperwork…Etc


  • jeez
    Dec 7, 2011 - 12:37PM

    This is the funniest story I’ve read by ET .bit of comic relief in such times is really a must..


  • Bulrani
    Dec 7, 2011 - 2:42PM

    It’s Harbhajan Singh looking for Andrew Symonds.


  • Tamil Arasan
    Dec 7, 2011 - 2:49PM

    @Bill: why the pigeon story is hilarious??? and monkey story is intelligent?? can you explain Mr.Bill. As far as I know the pigeons are used in olden days to pass messages and even today you can pass messages throw pigeon and can be evaded from detection, because on all other source of latest communication the surveillance can be done…


  • Salim
    Dec 7, 2011 - 4:19PM

    Must be a RAW agent sent by Israelis and Americans.


  • IndianMuslim
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:21PM

    105 comments on this topic? Do you people have enough time?


  • Asif Mahmood
    Dec 8, 2011 - 12:25AM

    Humm…RAW/CIA/Mosad started using monkey spies. Monkey must be on a sucide bombing mission in Lahore.


  • lida
    Dec 8, 2011 - 7:20PM

    Stop monkeying around!!!!!
    India – Pakistan has better things to deal with than this poor monkey.

    So whats the deal with Veena Malik???? was iit fake or real???


  • Naeem Javid Muhammad Hassani
    Dec 9, 2011 - 7:31PM

    I Salute U journalists. Firstly you mentioned a “Trespassing Indian monkey”. Amazing and Secondly, it somehow managed to escape and entered in Pakistan territory, great. And thirdly, the Wildlife Department, after a long struggle ARRESTED the CLEVER monkey. And not to mention Bobby was treated with fruits. Come on Kashif Zafar Sb!!!!


  • Dec 10, 2011 - 12:04AM

    Is this the way that brotherly Paskistan & India treat or deal each other?


  • amin
    Dec 10, 2011 - 8:42AM

    the indians here who are being misled by the journalist needs to know the journalist is just joking. It was not the army/police after the monkey or any blames of RAW involvement. Unlike the pegion episode which was real, this is a just a joke.

    and iam sure the monkey would be missing his monkey friends in india i.e the india politicians.


  • Long Standing
    Dec 11, 2011 - 12:10AM

    One pressing question.. how was the nationality of the monkey decided… It could have have well been a Pakistani Monkey returning back to Pakistan after a good will visit.

    Or they must have assumed that the monkey must be Indian coz he was uncircumcised


  • Giri
    Dec 11, 2011 - 12:16AM

    Good riddance..Indians have been waiting for this for a long time. Now we are all happy Diggy will not bother us any more.


  • mos def
    Dec 11, 2011 - 2:15PM

    @Voice of Baloch:
    Perhaps the greatest moment ever in our defence history – so proud!


  • simplemiss
    Dec 17, 2011 - 8:10PM

    Moneky came there in search of his long lost family which got separated during partition.Please be kind to him.


  • bilal
    Dec 22, 2011 - 3:46AM



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