Primate and pigeon nationalism

by on December 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm in Law | Permalink

Even sillier than horse nationalism:

A monkey, which had crossed the Indian border, was arrested by wildlife officials in Bahawalpur, Express News reported on Monday.

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

The residents of the area then informed the wildlife officials, who after some investigation and struggle, managed to capture the monkey.

The monkey was later placed at the Bahawalpur Zoo and has been named Bobby.

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 link is here and for the pointer I thank Matt Gnagey.

1 Rich Berger December 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Those Pockistanis are devious.

2 steve December 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Monkey was captured by Pakistanis, not Indians, Rich.

3 Rich Berger December 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Yes, but the monkey wasn’t a spy.

4 Driggs December 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Or he was a really damn good spy……

5 Rich Berger December 8, 2011 at 4:14 am

Those Hindustanis are even more devious.

6 Sandeep December 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Dude, the Indian official thought someone might be using the pigeon to send notes by tying notes to its leg. Perhaps stupid (I don’t have enough intuition on bird anatomy), but not nationalism. Of course you can always run away saying that you didn’t literally mean nationalism etc., but that makes you a third rate “spit and run” writer.

7 Roy December 8, 2011 at 12:01 am

The pigeon probably WAS a spy:

“The white pigeon carrying a Pakistani phone number and address on its body besides a rubber ring in its feet was found by border resident Harbans Lal Saini near his house and was brought to the police station here, 40 km from Amritsar.”‘spy’-pigeon-caught-by-indian-agencies-18010/

Just because it sounds funny doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Remember Julius Reuter founded the first wire service with pigeons.

8 Sandeep December 8, 2011 at 11:39 am


But I don’t think this Professor has it in him to gracefully admit that he is wrong.

9 Driggs December 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Hmm, Should we worry about Brooklyn and the Bronx next?


10 Driggs December 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm
11 Brent December 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Those pigeon photos are AMAZING. The fourth one of the 2 pigeons playing frisbee is incredible.


12 Norman Pfyster December 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Why is this monkey nationalism? If the monkey were a nuisance, it would be a simple jurisdiction matter.

13 libert December 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm
14 Brent December 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm

this story reminds me of when snoopy was caught behind enemy lines

15 Brent December 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm

they should have named the monkey boppy instead of bobby

16 Brent December 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm

driggs you are a masterful photographer

17 IVV December 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Relevant Monty Python sketch:

18 Brent December 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm

cheers to driggs for pigeon photos

19 MrV December 8, 2011 at 8:48 am

Hard to believe we are supposed to be the intelligent primate!

20 James Oswald December 8, 2011 at 9:12 am

As silly as nationalism (animal or otherwise) seems to us economists, I believe it serves as an important transitional phase from “intimate order” small groups to a state where humans will be comfortable with a universalist “extended order”. Nations allow unrelated people to share some “sameness” with one another, even though no intuitive thing ties them together. While free trade is unthinkable to the vast majority of people, I can trade freely with someone in California or New York simply because we share a nation.

21 Donald A. Coffin December 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I think you need a new recurring feature” “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up.”

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