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Monkeys take over Songkhla home while family away for holiday

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Monkeys took over a Songkhla home in Southern Thailand while a family was away during the 4 day long weekend holiday. Monkeys were on the roof, in the trees and on the fence while trash was scattered across the yard and driveway. Luckily, the monkeys couldn’t get inside the home (although we bet they tried).

Monkeys frequent the area near the Tang Kuan Hill and are often fed by locals and tourists visiting the nearby Laem Sai Temple. Knowing hungry monkeys are in the area, the family took precautions before leaving their home unattended. They locked all the doors and shut the windows. They also tied up the trash bags and covered the bin before going off to visit their relatives in another province.

The monkeys weren’t able to enter the house, but they were able to open the rubbish bin and eat what was left of any food scraps. Thai media did not report on how the family was able to get rid of the monkeys, but it probably wasn’t easy.

This isn’t the first time monkeys have taken over. Back in March, 2 groups of monkeys had an all-out brawl in Lop Buri. The city is known for its large monkey population, but the 2 groups of monkeys – the street monkeys and the temple monkeys – usually don’t mix. Some suspect the brawl was over lack of food. Others say it could’ve been the heat that drove them mad.

Lack of food has led many monkeys to go to areas they don’t usually go to. With few tourists, due to the coronavirus pandemic, monkeys that relied on the visitors to feed them are now going hungry.

Songkhla started having a problem feeding the monkeys early on in the pandemic. Back in February, the province started cancelling tours and the monkeys started to go hungry. Local fruit vendors helped out by giving the animals watermelon and tomatoes.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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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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    Toby Andrews

    September 8, 2020 at 10:26 am

    I wish these monkeys would take over parliament.They could govern just as well.

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Surat Thani police chase leads to drug bust

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A police chase led officers to stop and search a man’s truck in Thailand’s south, discovering nearly 400,000 methamphetamine pills. They arrested 44 year old Thammarat Phothisan for allegedly carrying 396,000 methamphetamine pills in his truck.

Thammarat was driving toward the Surat Thani’s Phun Phin district checkpoint when he suddenly turned around and sped off. The province’s police chief says Thammarat was just 200 metres from the checkpoint when he made a sudden U-turn. The police chased the Mitsubishi pickup truck and shot out the left rear tyre, forcing the vehicle to stop.

Police searched the vehicle and found 4 blue plastic containers. 1 of the containers had 396,000 methamphetamine pills. Thammarat told police he picked up the pills in Phun Phin and planned to deliver them to Songkhla’s Sadao district, right next to the Malaysian border.

Thammarat has a history of drug offences and spent time in prison. Police say the man was released 2 years ago.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Monkeys castrated after causing chaos in Songkhla

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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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Tuk tuk driver shot multiple times by rival driver in Songkhla

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A Songkhla tuk tuk driver is in critical condition after a rival driver allegedly shot the man multiple times for taking his customers. 40 year old Chaowalit Phuthaksin allegedly shot the driver 9 times from behind just as the driver was calling out to potential customers.

When police arrived to the scene, they found 40 year old Sao Phuangthong on the ground with gunshot wounds on his chest and back. Chaowalit was also still on the scene, carrying a .38 handgun and a brass knuckle.

Sao’s relative saw the shooting and says the 2 tuk tuk drivers often got into arguments, and sometimes fist fights, over customers.

“Before the incident, Sao was calling passengers who had just got off the train to use his tuk tuk service, when Chaowalit walked from behind and shot him repeatedly, reloaded the gun then shot some more until he went down.”

Police arrested Chaowalit and say he confessed to the shooting. Chaowalit told police he was angry at the tuk tuk driver for taking his customers.

Sao was taken to the Hat Yai Hospital and remains in a critical condition. Police are still investigating and say they are waiting on a report from the hospital on the driver’s condition before pressing charges.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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