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Marauding Monkeys Pillage Pattaya Market for Fruit

Monkeys ransacked a Pattaya fruit stall before being captured. (Photo: Pattaya Mail, with permission.)
Monkeys ransacked a Pattaya fruit stall before being captured. (Photo: Pattaya Mail, with permission.)

Taking cues from the marauding monkeys of Lopburi, a group of sweet-toothed macaques invaded a Pattaya market, pillaging carts and stalls for fresh fruit.

The Pattaya complaint center contacted the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation in Sriracha to capture the medium-sized macaques, who usually dine on crab, following a rash of calls from market sellers and food stands.

Working in a pack, the monkeys attacked the food carts and made off with fruit. Vendors described the simians as fierce and dangerous.

Wildlife officers used the same fruit and set traps. Once captured, the monkeys were freed far from any population centers.

Monkeys in Lopburi have made world news for their gang warfare, brawling in the street, breaking into homes for food and causing traffic chaos.

A version of this story first appeared in the Pattaya Mail, a Bangkok Herald partner.