Gangs of “sugar-loving” MONKEY gangs have rampaged through a Thai town to steal food and tourist belongings in a new wave of terror.
Thousands of unruly primates have roamed the streets and terrorized tourists in Lopburi’s tourist hotspot.
The town, about 90 miles north of Bangkok, is known for its huge population of monkeys, which attracts tourists from all over the world.
And since Thailand reopened to tourists in November, lawless monkeys have flooded the streets of the town.
Primates have wreaked havoc by climbing on people, stealing glasses from tourists and running past cars.
To make matters worse, the gangs are enjoying sugary treats from the locals as they believe the animals bring good luck to the area.
The monkeys missed out on snacks from visitors, but the monsters now gobble up hundreds of bananas and syrupy drinks a day.
Footage filmed earlier this week shows the animals causing chaos as they scurry around the old city.
Residents can see locals handing out plastic tubes filled with syrup and sugar for the monkeys to suck dry before taking bananas from another man.
These creatures have absolutely no fear of humans, which means they display extremely bold behavior – climbing over the windshields of moving cars and jumping over people on the street.
There are also believed to be rival gangs of monkeys marking their territory, causing clashes when the two groups meet on the street.
An army of monkeys lives in a ruined temple nearby, the rest in an abandoned movie theater.
In March 2020, the monkeys were Incredible crowd arguing over leftovers.
The brazen street fight caused traffic jams for four minutes before one group was driven away.
Local Khun Itiphat said at the time: “I could hear them screaming. Then they ran on the road and started to struggle.”
Veterinarian Supakarn Kaewczyk said: ‘They are used to letting tourists feed them. Once the tourists were gone, they became more aggressive.
“They’re invading buildings and forcing people to leave their homes.”
And last February, dozens of monkeys took over a school swimming pool and rummaged through crates in search of food.
Many creatures gathered around an ancient Buddhist temple, but they also took over the cinema, forcing the previous owner to move out and close the business.
Government officials have tried to control the money population without success.
In 2020, a large number of monkeys have been spayed after their numbers spiked out of control during the Covid lockdown, with well-meaning locals giving them sugary drinks.
Tearful pictures show unconscious primates sprawled on an operating table in Thailand while veterinarians carefully photograph sex-crazed males.
Thung Tale Wildlife Conservation Officer Suwat Suksiri led a veterinary team to capture the noisy primates.
He said: “We had to neutralize the monkeys because residents said more wild monkeys mean more problems and possible conflicts between them.”
But locals consider the monkeys lucky and hold a festival for them every year.
Environment official Narongporn Daudduem said the department has long-term plans to build a reserve in another part of the city.
But the plan may face resistance from some residents, who don’t want the monkeys to live near them.
Wildlife throughout Thailand is a strong draw for the 35 million tourists who visit each year and accounts for about 20% of the country’s economy.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8211612/monkey-gangs-sugary-drinks-rampage-thailand-tourists/ Gangs of monkeys ‘hungry with sugary drinks’ aggressively cross town to get food and belongings of tourists during times of terror