“Get in your belly? Hmm, I’m gonna have to go ahead and decline the offer.”
Really now, what could be more nutritional for your brain than eating an actual brain? Locals in Beijing spotted a rhesus monkey around Dongdan Park last week and promptly gave chase to the animal, which eventually scampered up a tree to avoid being eaten.
The Global Times reports:
A group of onlookers surrounded the tree and suggested they catch it and eat its brain. Monkey brain is considered a delicacy in many parts of China.
Desperate, the monkey leapt over the wall and landed in a tree inside the park. Someone called animal control but was told they did not have the tools to handle this kind of situation.
In the end, a middle-aged man captured the monkey. It is unclear who the man was or where he took the animal.
Members of the China-watching twitterati had a minor field day with what it all meant.
“In the end, a middle-aged man captured the monkey. It is unclear who the man was or where he took the animal.” someone feeling smarter 2day
— Bill Bishop (@niubi) March 6, 2012
Condemn this Global Times article in the strongest possible terms. Your allegories are not welcome here: goo.gl/w65zz
— The Relevant Organs (@relevantorgans) March 6, 2012
Charles Custer of Chinageeks then goes ahead and allegorizes anyway.
In the future, when people want to understand China, I’m just going to refer them to this article: globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/… Incredible.
— Charles Custer (@ChinaGeeks) March 6, 2012
For our part, we’re thinking the Beijingers were right to try to get their hands on some fresh monkey brain, since they obviously need any help they can get in the brain department.
Related: On the menu in Guangzhou: Braised Koala!