Primate and pigeon nationalism

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.

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Those Pockistanis are devious.

Monkey was captured by Pakistanis, not Indians, Rich.

Yes, but the monkey wasn't a spy.

Or he was a really damn good spy......

Those Hindustanis are even more devious.

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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.

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."

http://www.daily.pk/pakistan-‘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.

+1.

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

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

[http://www.flickr.com/photos/arnade/sets/72157625271382891/]

http://www.flickr.com/photos/arnade/sets/72157625271382891/

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

{http://www.flickr.com/photos/arnade/sets/72157625271382891/}

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

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According to Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Mossad has been training sharks (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/8185915/Shark-sent-to-Egypt-by-Mossad.html) and Vultures (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/vulture-held-as-mossad-spy-by-saudi-arabia/story-e6frg6so-1225983216550) as spies as well.

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

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they should have named the monkey boppy instead of bobby

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driggs you are a masterful photographer

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Relevant Monty Python sketch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnwlLkIX1_E

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cheers to driggs for pigeon photos

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

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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.

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I think you need a new recurring feature" "You Can't Make This Stuff Up."

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