Thai city deep in macaque as tourist-deprived monkeys go, well, ...

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Thai city deep in macaque as tourist-deprived monkeys go, well, ape

It’s mob mayhem as food sources dry up and a state sterilisation programme may be too little too late

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Residents barricaded indoors, rival gang fights and no-go zones for humans. Welcome to Lopburi, an ancient Thai city overrun by monkeys supercharged on junk food, whose population is growing out of control.

Pointing to the overhead netting covering her terrace, Kuljira Taechawattanawanna bemoans the monkey menace across the heart of the 13th-century city in the central province of the same name.

“We live in a cage, but the monkeys live outside,” she says...

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