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Monkeys plunder town hall building in South, apparently searching for food

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Days after a pitched battle between rival monkey gangs rocked Lop Buri in central Thailand, dozens, perhaps hundreds of monkeys have ransacked an old town hall building in the southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, forcing staff to flee. It’s believed in both instances that the drop in tourism caused by the Covid-19 coronavirus, combined with dry weather and drought, has created a food shortage for the animals, forcing them to forage.

The old town hall building is located about 100 metres away from Khao Chong Krachok mountain, where the monkeys are believed to have come from. The monkeys have torn apart the roof, electrical wires, the ceiling, lights, and office equipment. Officials of various departments working in the building have been forced to find makeshift temporary quarters.

Ceramic roof tiles were ripped off  and used to break the windows. Inside the building ceilings have been ripped down and the sky is visible.

Monkeys plunder town hall building in South, apparently searching for food | News by Thaiger

The monkeys also smashed the light bulbs and destroyed office furniture. The building is now locked with a sign stating the offices have temporarily moved.

Monkeys plunder town hall building in South, apparently searching for food | News by Thaiger

The damage isn’t limited to the old town hall building: the monkeys are also vandalising private and official vehicles parked in the area, mainly tearing off rear-view mirrors and searching the vehicles, Thai media reported.

SOURCES: Chiang Rai Times | Siamrath

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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