Lack of tourism has changed the diet of monkeys in Thailand. Tourists no longer feed them bananas. Now they’re running amok.
Residents in Lopburi, Thailand, are hiding behind barricaded indoors as rival monkey gang fights create no-go zones for humans. The ancient Thai city has been overrun by a growing population of monkeys super-charged on junk food – as locals try to placate the macaques with snacks. The monkeys usually enjoy a steady supply of bananas from tourists, who have dwindled amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Pointing to the overhead netting covering her terrace, Kuljira Taechawattanawanna said: “We live in a cage but the monkeys live outside.”
Tourists would come see the monkeys. The monkey forest is a huge attraction in Bali as well. Now the government of Thailand is engaged in a sterilization campaign to keep monkeys in check since the lack of free bananas has led the monkeys to violence.
Here’s a look at the monkeys from back in March:
Question is, once the monkeys have been brought under control, and in some cases moved to a ‘sanctuary’ will that harm tourism in the long run even once COVID is over?
(HT: Marginal Revolution)