Dog Takes Care of Monkey Business on University Campus

A campus guard and his canine companion pose at Sun Yat-sen University Kaohsiung
Little Black (小黑) once lived as a stray dog, but now works as a campus guard at Sun Yat-sen University where he protects students from the depredations of the Formosan Macaques. Photo: United Daily News

The Formosan Macaque is a wily beast who brazenly steals food. His behavior can be quite intimidating, and in the south of Taiwan he is the enemy of farmers, who sometimes resort to lethal means in order to protect their crops.

At Sun Yat-sen University on the outskirts of Kaohsiung City, the campus is surrounded by forests, and the macaque has learned that a student’s breakfast or lunch can make for easy pickings.

Around 5 years ago campus guards befriended a stray dog. After being scratched in an altercation with a macaque, the monkeys have become the dog’s mortal enemy. The dog now accompanies the guards on their rounds, and aggressively chases the macaques back into the trees if they dare to come down for a free lunch.

Formosan Macaques at Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung.
Formosan Macaques at Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung. Photo: United Daily News

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