Hungry monkeys storm houses in Thailand

Thais are fighting a crime wave as falling tourist numbers have left monkeys so short of food they are taking whatever they can get from people’s homes, local media reported on Tuesday.

As the global economic crisis and political instability has cut visitors to Thailand, wild monkeys, mostly macaques, are attacking villages and even Buddhist monasteries across the country, pilfering everything that can be considered edible.

“They are used to eating human food and understand well the difference between water, Coca-Cola and beer,” said a resident of the central Nakhon Pathom province’s Sam Phran district, where a recent monkey attack took place.

“They like all that food, but there are fewer tourists this year… and monkeys attack people’s houses in order to get food. We cannot explain the difference between us, locals, and tourists,” Thong told Thai PBS TV channel.

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