Monkeys in Dharamsala
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Monkeys in Dharamsala

On our many rickshaw rides through the mountains near McLeod Ganj, we’d see the shadowy figures of monkeys near trash cans and wherever they thought they could find food. It wasn’t until we made it down the mountain, out of the cloud forest on our way to the airport that I finally captured this footage of the monkeys gathered along the roadsides. In India, it’s against the law to kill a cow, even by accident by hitting them with your car, but it’s okay if you run over a monkey (as far as I know anyway). When we were there, newspapers were ablaze with stories about people who were trying to protect the cows from the problem of plastic in trash heaps and a man who’d killed himself after accidentally killing a cow that was loitering by the road.

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