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Mass monkey brawl ensues in Thai city streets

By T.K. Randall
March 15, 2020 · Comment icon 15 comments

The streets are like a scene from Plant of the Apes. Image Credit: YouTube / Sasaluk Rattanachai
The huge reduction in tourists due to the coronavirus outbreak has had some unexpected consequences.
Residents of Lopburi, which is situated to the north-east of Bangkok, are typically used to seeing crowds of tourists visiting the city's famous temples and taking photographs of the local macaques which are notorious for stealing food and getting up to all sorts of mischief.

Now though, with the country practically devoid of tourists due to the coronavirus pandemic, the streets of the city are now filled with crowds of starving monkeys forced to fight over scraps.

A recently released videos shows just how aggressive the pint-sized primates can get - pouncing on anything that even resembles food and fighting amongst themselves for the spoils.
"It's the summer, so usually we see a lot of tourists, but now because of the outbreak there's so few that the markets are very quiet," said Sasaluk Rattanachai, who posted the video.

"Not enough tourists come to leave food for the monkeys at Prang Sam Yod [temple]."

The scene demonstrates just one of the many indirect consequences of the viral outbreak.



Source: The Guardian | Comments (15)




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Comment icon #6 Posted by Bed of chaos 4 years ago
I'd still love to visit..bet it's cheaper than Disney.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Peterk505 4 years ago
That'll be us next!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Peterk505 4 years ago
That'll be us next!
Comment icon #9 Posted by Eldorado 4 years ago
Article: https://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/2020/03/12/lopburis-monkeys-food-war-blamed-on-plunge-in-tourism/
Comment icon #10 Posted by 'Walt' E. Kurtz 4 years ago
Reminds me of the planet of the apes. is this really something to go ape for?  they are clearly not giving a monkey. 
Comment icon #11 Posted by Tatetopa 4 years ago
First stray dogs and cats.  Then small children. Then.....
Comment icon #12 Posted by jowasmus 4 years ago
Everybody was Kung Fu fighting!
Comment icon #13 Posted by simplybill 4 years ago
The upside is that they don’t have a pigeon problem.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Big Jim 4 years ago
The family resemblance between us and our distant cousins becomes more noticeable in times of crisis.  The only thing missing was a Costco sign in the background.
Comment icon #15 Posted by kobolds 4 years ago
this is what happen when you take away monkey snack 


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