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Monkeys castrated after causing chaos in Songkhla

Caitlin Ashworth



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Monkeys have become so much of a problem in Songkhla that officials have decided to castrate them. The monkeys relied on food from tourists visiting Khao Tang Kuan Hill, also known by some as “Monkey Mountain.” But since there have been no tourists for months, the monkeys have made their way into the city looking for food.

A similar project was undertaken in Phuket at 3 ‘tourist’ sites in 2017 where monkey communities were desexed – some even shunted off to their own tropical island, just offshore from Phuket, where they get regular food sent out to them and are kept away from hassling tourists. The program was very successful.

Food was placed inside cages to lure the pesky southern monkeys and trap them. Then they were sedated with tranquilisers. After they’re castrated, the monkeys are sent back to their habitats. Officials say they plan to castrate 200 monkeys in Songkhla as well as dozens of other monkeys in Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat.

In Songkhla, the monkeys have been digging through garbage and even attacking locals. Just last week, monkeys took over a local home after a Songkhla family went away for the holiday. The monkeys raided the trash bin, scattering the garbage all over the ground. Luckily, the monkeys were unable to enter the house.

About 3 months ago, 15 monkeys drowned in a province water tank and locals believe it was due to the lack of food and water.

Songkhla started cancelling tours back in February. Since then, locals have been helping out to feed the monkeys. Some local fruit vendors gave the monkeys watermelon and tomatoes. But the monkeys continued to look in the city for food.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Monday, September 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Did the monkeys go into ASQ and observe the correct social distancing procedures

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    Perceville Smithers

    Monday, September 14, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    They’ll drop an few rungs on the hierarchy. The other monkeys will sense yhey don’t have a pair and will bully them.

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    Monday, September 14, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Castrated Monkeys are still hungry and Look for food . Or do they give the Balls to the Monkeys for food?,,??

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 11:31 am

    There will be some new cooked meatballs for sale on the street stalls of Songkla.
    And not factory farmed = organic!

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    Nuts begone

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    I would avoid meat balls on any menu For a few weeks ?

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    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    It’s time they did the same in Prachuap, lots of youngsters just now running around for food, and stripped roof tiles of temple roofs, they snatch bags with food or not.
    They need a serious cull & castrtation,
    But the temple has lots of money to make repairs, and the smell of urine is enough to make you vomit on top of garbage bin tipped over, turisits beware.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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