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Man Shoots Wife, Mistaking Her For A Monkey

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ZeroX, Sep 22, 2004.

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  1. ZeroX

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    http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=588191&section=news

    Must've been the biggest monkey he'd ever seen? :confused:
     
  2. WhiteKnight

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    This shouldn't be funny, but I can't stop snickering at the title of this post. I guess it's because of my US bias because we don't [usually] have monkeys here in America and thus the title seems a little ludicrous.
     
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  3. ZeroX

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    Yeah...
     
  4. Matt G

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    No, it shouldn't be funny.

    A man killed his wife of many years, whom he had 13 children with, by a mistake in target identification.


    It's actually one of the sadder things I've heard today. :(


    "RULE IV: BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET"

    From Jeff Cooper's "The Four Rules Of Firearm Safety."
     
  5. R.H. Lee

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    That's his story and he's stickin' to it.
     
  6. pax

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    Matt is absolutely correct.

    But see my sig. The Colonel makes a good point, too.

    pax

    We hear from Namibia that a German tourist's holiday down there came to an end when he was mistaken for a baboon and shot by a local farmer. If this poor fellow looked enough like a baboon to be mistaken for one, he may be better off dead. – Col. Jeff Cooper
     
  7. joe sixpack

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    Indeed, this is very tragic, and I feel sorry for the husband's family.


    It's a lesson for us all, if you own firearms do not marry people who look like monkeys least you mistake them for unwelcomed pests and shoot
    them.

    cheers, ab
     
  8. Daniel T

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    I'm thinking that the accident was less the wife looking like a monkey (though that is a possibility), and more the old man being senile.
     
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    I could never mistake my wife for a monkey.

    An elephant, maybe - but not a monkey.

    :D
     
  10. WhiteKnight

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    :what:

    I'm guessing you're computer isn't in the middle of the living room :p
     
  11. Redlg155

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    It is very possible if you've ever seen a mango tree. Those can get pretty dense and I'm sure he wasn't expecting his 68 year old wife to be up there picking fruit.

    It's a pretty sad story. Especially since the cops are on him about the shooting. It seems they would let his greif be his punishment.


    Good Shooting
    Red
     
  12. rick_reno

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    I used to work in Penang, Malaysia - there were many times I wished I had access to a shotgun. The monkeys steal anything they can get their paws on and take the object high into the trees where it's unlikely you'll see it again. Set anything down on the beach or a park bench and the probability that it'll be gone into the canopy is high. The ones that have a lot of human contact are very agressive, I've had them try and take friut out of my hand more than once. They aren't the cute little creatures that sit around on rocks and masturbate that you see in a zoo here - they're a menace.
     
  13. Atticus

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    After reading this thread....I feel like I'm trying to supress a nervous snicker at a funeral.
    Rick - our city parks have some monkeys like you describe.
     
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    Too think someone actually set up to do the right thing--shoot wildlife--and did not post a poll on THR about which gun to use!:D

    "Which gun for monkey bears?"
     
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    Yep, it could happen to anybody. If you don't marry a monkey, then you should not confuse your spouse with being a monkey.

    Last I checked, people were much larger than the monkeys in that part of the world. Maybe he thought it was a giant monkey?

    My wife asked, "What was a 68 year old woman doing up in a tree?" The article said, but it sounded hokey. Yes, we realize people in other parts of the world often continue to perform tasks no matter what their ages.
     
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    LLLLLLLLOOOOOOOLLLLLLLOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLOOOO That is one of the funniest lines I have seen on this board . I'm laughing so hard I can barely type .. Ohhhh you better hope she never sees that one dude . You will be the first victim of a bayoneting since the ban lifted . lolololol
    :D :D :D
     
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    I guess it's not uncommon for Malaysian monkeys to use ladders when they climb trees... :confused:
     
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    duplicate...

    I waited over 10 minutes for the first post to go through. Then I cancelled it (I thought) and went back to the thread again. My post didn't show. So I repeated the entire process. Same deal--after another 10 minutes or so, I bailed out of the window and went back to the post to find two of them.... irritating.
     
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    Old guy, probable failing eyesight? Wife decides on impulse to go pick fruit when he's out front, ladder on far side of tree maybe? He probably just seen movement in the tree and knew it was a monkey cause they're all over the place down there, right?

    Is tragic but there's a good lesson there for us. Be honest with yourself about target identification and your eyesight. Even if you 'know' its a deer or whatever, behind that bush that you can't actually see but know it's there, it's better to stay the shot with the realization that tragedies do happen. Much preferable to be positive, even if it means waiting to eat IMO.
     
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    68-year-old woman? Up on a mangosteen tree, swinging from branch to branch, lithe and agile as a monkey? Man, she could have lived another 100 years if she wasn't shot!
     
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    68-year-old woman? Up on a mangosteen tree, swinging from branch to branch, lithe and agile as a monkey? Man, she could have lived another 100 years if she wasn't shot!
     
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    Id imagine the folks there get kinda tired of monkeys tearing things up and being annoying little pests.
     
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    This thread is a true classic.
     
  25. cracked butt

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    In my local newspaper they have a little secton called something like "earth watch" every week that describes natural happenings around the world- usually earthquakes, typhoons, draughts, and sometimes, especially in that part of the world, monkey invasions. The monkeys litterally form packs and raid villages, biting people, breaking into peoples homes, and they know where to look for food and how to get to it.

    It would litterally be my dream to look out into my backyard and see 100 monkeys running across the field toward my house, but as with anything else, target identification is very important.

    What gun do you use? I'd be torn between a .17 HMR autoloader and an sks.
     
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