A hospital in India has become overrun with monkeys after it installed motion-sensitive automatic doors to the building.

Since the primates learned to use them to gain entry to the institution, they have been making nuisances of themselves by snatching food from patients and playing with equipment.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi has seen areas such as the neurosurgery department affected by the rhesus macaques, while it has been claimed that at least one person a week is bitten by the animals.

Hospital spokesman Y K Gupta suggested the problem may be worsened by relatives of patients who feed the monkeys for religious reasons.

This is because the animals are associated with the Hindu deity Hanuman – which also means they cannot be trapped in order to remove them.

The institute has therefore drafted in two larger monkeys to chase the macaques away to try and bring the situation under control.

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