With Thailand now in its third COVID lockdown, the notorious street monkey gangs in Lopburi, called The City of Monkeys by many, have found themselves yet again lacking food from the tourists who feed the animals in front of a Buddhist temple.
Last summer, news emerged that these same sex-crazed monkeys were eating themselves to death via junk food or whatever they could get their hands on as the first wave of COVID killed the tourist industry. Then monkeys started going nuts having sex and breaking into any food source available to find food.
Now there’s a report from the Daily Mail that the monkeys, facing yet another food shortage, have started battling in the streets as rival gangs determine who controls Lopburi. In a video showing the chaos, monkeys by the hundreds can be seen holding up traffic for four minutes as tensions boiled over and a wild wrestling match broke out.
GANG WAR #Thailand
Rival Gangs Of Monkeys Cause Chaos At A Road Junction In #Lopburi As They Fight For Food. Normally, Thousands Of tourists Would Feed The Wild Monkeys But #Covid_19 Has Kept Them Away. pic.twitter.com/Np8ifwfvjz
— TONYINBHAM (@TT0121) July 27, 2021
“I was in a building near the temple when I heard the monkeys squealing. There were so many of them all stood together,” one brave eyewitness told the Daily Mail. “I could see they were having an argument. Then they all ran onto the road and began wrestling. There were so many of them.”
COVID lockdowns have left local officials no choice but to implement a sterilization program to stop these maniacs from reproducing. Slaughtering the monkeys isn’t an option in this Buddhist culture. They’re not going through with a killing campaign, so at this point they get to deal with the rival gangs fighting over turf and holding up traffic.
Fight club! 🐒 Monkeys in Lopburi are at war with each other again. A shortage of food offerings from tourists is said to be the reason the crab-eating macaques have been seen brawling in recent times. #Thailand #Lopburi #Monkeys pic.twitter.com/3Sewoc4g1X
— Globe – Bangkok’s News + Lifestyle (@GlobeBangkok) July 26, 2021