ᴄʀᴀᴢᴇᴅ ᴡɪʟᴅ ᴍᴏɴᴋᴇʏs Filmed ᴠᴀɴᴅᴀʟɪsɪɴɢ Tourists’ Cars
In one of the more ᴜɴᴜsᴜᴀʟ ɪɴᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛs being ᴀᴛᴛʀɪʙᴜᴛᴇᴅ to a ᴛᴜʀF ᴡᴀʀ between dozens of street ᴍᴏɴᴋᴇʏs and temple ᴍᴏɴᴋᴇʏs broke out in Thailand.
Incredible footage shows the Simians dragging, biting, and ripping the rubber trim off of a pickup truck in an attempt to access the vehicle outside the historical San Phra Kan shrine in Lopburi province.
This is the unbelievable moment ᴄʀᴀᴢᴇᴅ ᴡɪʟᴅ ᴍᴏɴᴋᴇʏs ᴠᴀɴᴅᴀʟɪsᴇᴅ tourists’ cars that were parked outside a Buddhist temple.
The troop of more than 20 primates were seen climbing over the vehicles, which were parked opposite the historical San Phra Kan shrine in Lopburi province in Thailand.
Incredible footage shows the Simians dragging, biting, and ripping the rubber trim off of a pickup truck in an attempt to access the vehicle.
Then another group of ᴍᴏɴᴋᴇʏs were seen trying to break into a black sedan that was parked next to it. Staff say that holidaymakers who leave their cars unattended are at risk of having the ᴠᴇʜɪᴄʟᴇs ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇᴅ. These primates are known to swarm the vehicles – which may be rental cars – within minutes. Tourists are advised to park their cars further away. They are also meant to contact the local staff if the animals are stopping them from driving away.
Panot Bunsi, one of the drivers whose car was ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇᴅ, claims there are now warnings about the ᴡɪʟᴅ animals.
The annoyed tourist said: “I knew the ᴍᴏɴᴋᴇʏs pester people for food but I didn’t know they also ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ cars. If someone told me before of if there were warning signs, I would not have left my car.”
In March 2020, the ᴍᴏɴᴋᴇʏs had an ᴀsᴛᴏɴɪsʜɪɴɢ ᴍᴀss ʙʀᴀᴡʟ over scraps of food. In February 2021, dozens of ᴍᴏɴᴋᴇʏs took over a school’s swimming pool and ʀᴜᴍᴍᴀɢᴇᴅ through the bins in search of food. Ʀᴇsɪᴅᴇɴᴛs believe the ᴍᴏɴᴋᴇʏs brings good luck to the city.
Many of the ᴍᴏɴᴋᴇʏs congregate around an ancient Buddhist temple, but they have also taken over a cinema – forcing the previous owner to move out and close the business. Government officials have tried to control the monkey population without success.
In 2020, large numbers of ᴍᴏɴᴋᴇʏs were sᴛᴇʀɪʟɪsᴇᴅ after their numbers spiralled out of control during the ᴄᴏʀᴏɴᴀᴠɪʀᴜs ʟᴏᴄᴋᴅᴏᴡɴ, with well-meaning locals feeding them sugary drinks.
Environmental officer Narongporn Daudduem said the department has a long-term plan to build a sanctuary in another part of the city, but plans are likely to be met with ʀᴇsɪsᴛᴀɴᴄᴇ from some of the ʀᴇsɪᴅᴇɴᴛs who don’t want the ᴍᴏɴᴋᴇʏs living near them.