With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing several countries into lockdown and tourism-related industries put on hold, monkeys in Lopburi, Thailand have faced an unexpected challenge: the lack of food.
The situation has since worsened as locals began feeding the sex-crazed macaques junk food, making the already “vicious” monkeys even more hyperactive, according to Thai local media.
Police armed with slingshots have been reported to be powerless in subduing the monkeys’ rampage across the city, as one officer told the media that attempts in dispersing the monkeys have yielded poor results.
The hungry primates have since holed up in an abandoned cinema in town and the citizens are reportedly afraid to step outside for fear of being attacked.
Every day, an old female monkey calls on his hotel, waiting politely for her meal to be served. Banana cake is her favorite, but plain fruit will do, too.
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As urbanization progresses and tears into the natural habitats of small creatures, many cities have faced similar situations, including Taiwan.
In 2017, a woman in Kaohsiung City was reportedly attacked by local macaques while hiking in the mountains. Following numerous monkey-related incidents, the city government eventually set up fences with low-current electricity to bar the monkeys from heading into orchards to steal food.
New regulations were also implemented, barring visitors from feeding, touching, and harassing the monkeys. Violators can receive penalties of up to NT$10,000.