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Lopburi police powerless to stop sex-crazed, junk food-addicted monkey gangs

Jack Burton

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Since March, the city of Lopburi has battled monkey riots, as the Covid-19 pandemic dried up tourism, and thus, the primates’ main food source. Locals, in an effort to appease beasts, began feeding them, largely a diet of sugary junk food, with predictable results. Police, armed with slingshots, say there’s little they can do to stop the sex-crazed macaques who’ve overrun the city. Now wildlife experts say the monkeys are literally eating themselves to death.

Residents in the tourist town are afraid to leave their homes due to the vicious creatures, who have set up headquarters in an abandoned cinema and developed a taste for junk food. Mirror Online reported in June that around 6,000 monkeys were terrorising locals, attacking anyone who stood in their way.

Some residents first thought the best way of calming the overzealous monkeys was to give them sweets and fast food, but this has just made the situation worse. Their new sugary diet has made hyperactive and made life miserable for the people of Lopburi.

One police officer told the reporters that trying to disperse large groups was “hopeless”.

“Within a blink of an eye, there are more monkeys. So many babies.”

The monkeys are developing health issues as a result of their unhealthy diet; the urban monkeys have less muscle than wild macaques, with many suffering from hypertension and blood disease. According to the director of a regional office of the Wildlife Conservation Department:

“The monkeys are never hungry, just like children who eat too much KFC.”

The number of monkeys has doubled in 2 years, and in recent months large brawls between rival gangs have terrified people living in the city.

Now it’s is reported that parts of the city have become no-go areas, and the monkeys have made a nuisance of themselves by tearing through shops and businesses, leaving a trail of destruction.

SOURCE: The Mirror

 

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    Glenn

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Hmmph, Maybe A-nutty guy thinks the article is about foreign tourists – quick quarantine them all !

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      rinky stingpiece

      Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 1:57 pm

      It does rather remind one of Pattaya walking street.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    As i wrote before which seems to have been deleted.
    Send the to the coconut picking farms.

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    Alex

    Friday, July 31, 2020 at 2:13 am

    Hilarious!

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    simon

    Friday, July 31, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    The locals only have themselves to blame. Why would you start to feed a bunch of wild monkeys in the first place? They’ve been doing it for years. Stupid. Poison the lot of them

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    This may also apply to the British yobs on the costa del sol.

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    J West

    Monday, April 5, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    Can’t imagine what will happen to the first bus load of Chinese tourists throwing bananas out the windows

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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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