Hungry monkeys invade Isan city

A CITY in a Northeastern province bordering Laos is appealing for help after a troop of hungry monkeys moved in and started raiding their houses, temples and schools spreading fear among locals and tourists, the Thai-language daily Matichon reported today (Dec. 25).

Mr Praphan Suksabai, a member of the Mueang Amnat Charoen’s Good Governance Committee, said it would be the cold and dry weather which drove the large troop of monkeys into the city, and among them are large ones weighing 20-30 kilograms.

Nobody knows where they came from but they have been in Mueang Amnat Charoen for many days now, and have been stealing food from people’s homes while causing commotion all around, and also biting children.

These monkeys have  started troubling schools and temples, particularly at Pra Mongkol Ming Muang Buddhist sanctuary, causing chaos among tourists and pilgrims.

Although residents here have tried to chase them away, they won’t go, and climb and hide up on big trees for a while.

Tourists are particularly afraid of 2 big monkeys in this troop which usually take up different positions in any area they are in.

He urged authorities and rescuers to help catch these monkeys and release them in them in the wild.


Top: A monkey at Monkey Bay at Phi Phi island in the south. Photo: Chintan Patel (CC-BY-SA-2.0)