A baboon took the wheels of a Karnataka state transport bus on October 1. No, we’re not kidding, neither are we calling the driver names. An actual langur (baboon) was seen in a video, now being widely shared, perched on a steering wheel.
The driver from KSRTC’s Davanagere division, Prakash, even lets the animal operate the steering wheel of the vehicle and change the gears. The driver has since been taken off duty for endangering the lives of the passengers on the bus, NDTV reported.
#WATCH Viral video from Karnataka’s Davanagere of a KSRTC bus driver driving with a Langur perched on the steering wheel. The bus driver has been suspended for endangering the lives of the passengers. pic.twitter.com/RexZAfKZdr
— ANI (@ANI) October 6, 2018
The video shows a gray langur, locally known as Hanuman langur, taking charge of the wheels as the driver laughs at the animal’s antics. The driver was seen patting the langur’s back several times as the animal sat on the steering wheel of the bus, plying from Davanagere to Bharamasagara.
“We have removed the driver from duty and have asked the divisional security inspector to conduct an inquiry. He won’t be assigned any further duty till probe is completed. He could even be suspended,” a KSRTC official told The Times of India.
The report also quoted another official who claimed that the langur came with a teacher, who regularly commutes in the bus. Apparently, that day it went and sat on the driver’s seat. The driver Prakash, being an animal lover let him sit on the wheel. None of the passengers have complained so far.
However, the Internet is divided over the driver’s suspension.
Yeah indeed sweet, it would hv been more sweeter or even sweetest if u had a first hand experience by sitting in front passenger seat . It’s the safety of the passengers which was stake…
— (@rav_rocks) October 6, 2018
I would have transferred him from transport department to Animal welfare(or forest) department with a bonus.
— AGR (@AgrTweet) October 6, 2018
The driver must b awarded d harshest of punishment!
— Sugato Bhattacharyya (@SugatoBhattach2) October 6, 2018
Having driven for long time drivers also need something unusual tricks to entertain themselves n be active, nothing wrong unless n until they have good control on wheels. I think he should be reposted.
— Avinash (@Avi_Kalshetty) October 6, 2018