Thousands of wild monkeys terrorise Thai town after getting hooked on sugary drinks

Residents of tourist hotspot Lapburi live their lives around the vicious macaques, who have become addicted to sugary drinks and sweet snacks

Thousands of monkeys terrorize a Thai city

Gangs of wild monkeys are running amok through a town in Thailand after reportedly becoming addicted to sugary drinks and sweet snacks.

The residents of the tourist hotspot of Lapburi live their lives around the vicious macaques who have set up their headquarters in a disused cinema.

The city, about 90 miles north of the capital

Bangkok

, is known for its monkey population, which attracts tourists from all over the world.

Though the primates regularly wreak havoc on locals and visitors alike, locals even hold an annual festival to honor the animals.

But acc Daily Mail reports , Lopburi monkeys, whose numbers have multiplied during the pandemic, have had much better access to sugar-filled snacks and drinks lately.

Monkeys jump on tourists during the Lopburi Monkey Festival
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City streets have been inundated with thousands of the sugar-fed animals competing fiercely for food and territory.

Video captured on Tuesday shows dozens of monkeys roaming the streets, jumping on cars, climbing on people and even stealing their food and belongings.

Locals hand out plastic tubes filled with syrup and sugar, which the monkeys suck dry before snatching bananas from another man.

The marsupials are known to terrorize humans
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The animals show no fear of humans, which means they exhibit extremely bold behavior – climbing over the windshields of moving vehicles and leaping over pedestrians on the street.

According to locals, there are even rival gangs of monkeys that clash when marking their territory.

The wild monkey population has doubled in recent years, leaving locals struggling to reclaim their streets.

Back in 2020 Policeman Nirad Pholngeun this week said the Deccan Herald that trying to disperse large groups was “hopeless”.

Parts of the city have become no-go areas for humans due to the spread of monkeys
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He said: “In no time there will be more monkeys. So many babies.”

Due to their unhealthy diet, the city monkeys have less muscle than wild macaques, and many suffer from high blood pressure and blood diseases.

Narongporn Doodduem, director of a regional office of the Wildlife Conservation Department, said, “The monkeys are never hungry, just like children who eat too much KFC.”

Long-tailed macaques congregate along a road in the town of Lopburi
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The macaques lay their dead to rest in a screening room while locals scramble to devise a plan to reclaim the streets.

Many have been forced to barricade themselves at home while the apes take over the streets.

It has been reported that parts of the city have become no-go areas and the monkeys have been bothering themselves by ripping through stores and businesses, leaving a trail of devastation.

While locals may believe the city would benefit from fewer primates, some have admitted they would miss them if they disappeared completely.

Shopkeeper Taweesak Srisaguan said, “I’m used to seeing them running around and playing in the street.”

“If they were all gone, I would definitely be lonely.”

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