Monkey 'Gangs' Battle It Out On Thailand's Abandoned Streets

Scarlett Adler

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With Thailand's citizens taking to the safety of their homes during the global epidemic, wild monkeys have just taken over their streets - and it's nothing we've ever seen before!

"It’s the summer so usually we see a lot of tourists, but now because of the outbreak there's so few that the markets are very quiet," said local, Sasaluk Rattanachai of Thailand's historic city, Lopburi.

As a result, dozens of hungry street and temple monkeys have taken to the newly abandoned roads in what appears to be a 'turf war.' I'm not joking.

Apparently, "Not enough tourists have been coming to leave food for the monkeys at [the temple]," which is what these monkeys are used to, as Rattanachai explained.


You see, thousands of crab-eating macaques live in the 800-year-old city and adjoining Phra Prang Sam Yot temple complex. Typically, hundreds of tourists visit the sites daily, feeding these furry residents an assortment of foods.

Unfortunately, these monkeys have been left hungry as a result of the pandemic, resulting in the wild street "wars" above.


"I haven't seen a fight like this for many years that I can't remember," one local told Thai news site, Khaosodenglish.