Untrained Monkey Herds Goats

Some jobs could be done by a trained monkey.  So it's all the more impressive that an untrained monkey on a farm in India herds 75 goats out to and back from the fields every day. National Geographic reports:

Martin K, Estate Manager- "She takes out the goats for grazing and brings them back. A shepherd is usually required to accompany the goats all day long and bring them back in these hills. But because of her, manpower can be spared. She is as good as a shepherd. The only thing is that she does not speak, but otherwise carries out all responsibilities."

They say they feel confident that the goats will be safe when Mani accompanies them.

Mani is said to make a strange sound when she discovers a goat is missing or when danger lurks.

There's a (non-embeddable) video of the monkey at the link.


image by flickr user eirikref used under creative commons license

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When I was an archaeologist in Northern Arizona, working on the Navajo Reservation, we often saw flocks of sheep tended only by a dog or two -- no people in sight anywhere. They did a fine job. When I was a kid in rural New Hampshire, we would accompany the Border Collies that belonged to the neighboring farm to get the cows in at night -- we opened the gates -- other than that, they didn't need us. Monkeys are on a par with dogs as far as intelligence goes, so why not?
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I had to follow the link and watch the video to convince myself that this was a real story. Really cool and a bit crazy lol. It sounds like something Karl Pilkington would dream up.
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