Officers near the Indian presidential palace were called to a State Bank of India ATM just 10 minutes from the capital building on Wednesday after someone found the cash machine with the front torn off — although nothing had apparently been taken.
Suspecting a botched robbery, cops reviewed security footage and discovered the monkey business.
The footage shows the curious primate hopping on top of the ATM and tugging away before uncovering the hardware inside.
How the monkey was able to access the ATM, behind a glass wall and locked door, has yet to be determined.
“A banker who arrived at the kiosk found it broken and raised an alarm suspecting it to be a case of robbery,” an anonymous source told SWNS. “The CCTV footage was examined later which unearthed the mischief of the primate.”
Rhesus macaques are considered one of the “old-world” monkeys — part of the Cercopithecidae family, which includes baboons and mandrills. They can be found throughout the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and China. While they are considered a threatened species, in New Delhi alone there are reportedly 4,000 to 5,000 rhesus macaques, where they are known to engage in misconduct, such as snagging food, cutting power lines and, occasionally, attacking a human passerby.
India has seen a spate of animal mischief as human citizens have taken indoors to avoid the coronavirus, giving the beasts room to roam. Earlier this month, a pet dog valiantly fought off a leopard who tried to invade its owner’s home. Meanwhile, one clever monkey was spotted enjoying the humanless streets of Kashipur by casually flying a kite.
Unfortunately, the result of unchecked animal encroachment can also be a danger to society. Last week, a boy in Hyderabad was killed and partially eaten by wild pigs — a growing problem in the city.