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400 marauding macaques invade plantations in Surat Thani

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Surat Thani officials are coming up with a plan to sort out the 400+ long-tailed macaques who have been invading fruit orchards and oil palm plantations for months.

Provincial governor Wichawut Jinto has made the order after receiving countless complaints from residents of the southern province’s Phunphin district saying that the monkeys have caused damage to their orchards and plantations.

Officials from the provincial administration have visited the local residents to listen to their grievances.

They then reported to the governor that the provincial administration must seek help from the Surat Thani-based 4th Conservation Office of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation that has direct responsibility for wild monkeys.

Pradit Thongchan, chief of Tambon Thakham Administrative Organisation, says the wild monkeys travel in groups of 200, causing a lot of damage to fruits and vegetables grown by the local people.

Pradit said local villagers have filed complaints several times but no agency came to help them.

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SOURCE: The Nation



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Dead dugong washed up on Trang Beach

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A dead dugong which was washed up on a beach in Trang today has been sent to Phuket Marine Biological Centre for further examination.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that  Chaiyapruek Weerapong, the head of Mu Koh Libong Non-Hunting Area in Trang was notified that the dugong was washed up on the beach on Koh Lao Leang.

The male dugong is 115 centimetres long, 75 centimetres wide and weighs around 20 kilograms. The dugong has now been sent to the Phuket Marine Biological Centre to find the cause of death.

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Massive petrol smuggling network uncovered in South

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Thirteen people have been arrested following the largest seizure of smuggled petrol in the South in years.

Soldiers and paramilitary rangers intercepted 290,000 litres of petrol being smuggled at a pier in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Tha Sala district after a stake-out this morning. Customs and excise officials inspected the petrol and vehicles before handing the matter and the suspects over to the police.

Two modified 20 metre vessels, the Ore Feungfa and Khajornlarp, docked at the pier with 290,000 litres of gasoline in their holds. Officials also impounded four 18-wheel trucks and a six-wheel truck parked nearby ready to take on the shipment.

The 13 suspects apprehended included the boats’ skippers and crewmembers and the truck drivers. Several boat crewmembers jumped into the sea and escaped arrest.

Officials claimed that Somsak Narongdech, skipper of the Ore Feungfa, confessed he had received the shipment in international waters and was going to offload it to the trucks, but he didn’t know the final destination. He reportedly said he handled six or seven such shipments a month.

Yothin Pengsawat, driver of one of the 18-wheel trucks, purportedly said he was supposed to take the petrol to a customer in Nakhon Sawan.

STORY: The Nation

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3 wounded in explosion at Narathiwat border defence unit

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Three security officials have been injured in the latest bout of southern violence when armed militants attacked a border defence unit’s base near the Kolok River in the Tak Bai district in the southern province of Narathiwat on the Thai/Malaysian border.

Several houses and cars nearby were also damaged by the powerful IED (improvised explosive device).

Initial reports have revealed that a group of about 6 militants opened fire at the base with automatic weapons, followed by a powerful blast from a device attached to a motorcycle parked in front of the base.

Three suspects have been apprehended by security police and are being questioned.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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