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Dead monkeys found in crate shipped to NW Indiana refinery

Updated: July 9, 2012 6:13AM

Startled workers at the BP Refinery in Whiting, Ind., found the remains of two monkeys in a crate of valves received from India.

Company spokesman Brad Etlin on Thursday said the animals, who he called likely stowaways, were moved off-site for safe disposal per Center for Disease Control guidelines.

Etlin said BP promptly consulted with authorities after the animals were found Wednesday, and he said the dead monkeys never posed a threat to workers or the wider community.

Etlin said the crate of valves for the ongoing upgrade of the refinery had been shipped from India.

He said normal business operations are continuing at the refinery and there’s been no impact on refinery operations.

Etlin didn’t provide information on the valve supplier or if the equipment had been in storage prior to being shipped.

Rhesus monkeys are a huge problem in New Delhi, where stray monkeys terrorize residents and have bitten children. More than 13,000 monkeys have been trapped since 2007.

The New York Times reported last month the monkey population is so aggressive and huge that New Delhi officials asked India’s Supreme Court to relieve them of monkey control operations.

Monkeys are considered sacred in the Hindu religion.

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