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Monkeys terrorize cities and invade homes while rival gangs fight over food and territory

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A horde of wild monkeys terrorizes the residents of a town where they have been living together for years, breaking into people’s homes and fighting each other in bloody turf wars

Feral monkeys rampage through a city, terrorizing residents and causing mayhem as they engage in turf wars.

The city of Lopburi in Thailand is famous for its extensive population of macaques, which attracts tourists from all over the world.

However, the pandemic has resulted in a dramatic increase in population. It has also given the monkeys more access to sugary snacks and drinks, some of which have obviously become addictive.

Tourists have been able to return to Lopburi since November, but they are coming back to a city under siege.

Supakarn Kaewchot, a state veterinarian, explained: “The monkeys are so used to being fed by tourists and the city doesn’t give them a place to fend for themselves.

“Since the tourists have gone, they have become more aggressive and have been fighting humans for food to survive. They enter buildings and force locals to flee their homes.”

Footage captured this week shows the monkeys gathering en masse, tearing up wrapped sweets and the more traditional bananas.

They have also been observed climbing onto moving cars, stealing from stores, snatching people, and fighting fiercely while fighting for food and territory.

The apes, which have long coexisted alongside humans, have developed a fearlessness that has become a growing concern for authorities.

In 2020, several of the animals were sterilized to stem population growth, but to no avail.

Environment officer Narongporn Daudduem said there are plans to build a sanctuary for the macaques, but the idea is unlikely to go down well with the city’s residents.

“We have to do a survey among the people who live in the area first,” he said.

“It’s like throwing trash in front of their houses and asking them if they’re happy or not.”

With recent monkey-related incidents, authorities are still under pressure to do something about the problem.

When Thailand went into lockdown in March 2020, Lopburi became a beastly war zone as they openly fought over scraps.

In another incident in February last year, the monkeys entered a school’s swimming pool area and ransacked the trash cans in search of a meal.

The locals took it upon themselves to feed them fast food to stave off the fighting, but that only made them search for food even more ferociously.

“The more they eat, the more energy they have,” said Pramot Ketampai, who manages a temple shrine in Lopburi.

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