Starving monkey ‘gangs’ brawl in Thailand as coronavirus keeps tourists away

Monkey “gangs” have taken to the streets of Thailand to brawl over food as the novel coronavirus has kept tourism at bay.

Shocking video footage shared to Facebook show swaths of the animals taking to the streets to find something to eat, likely going hungry as tourists aren’t there to keep them well-fed.

“It’s the summer, so usually we see a lot of tourists, but because of the outbreak, there’s so few that the markets are very quiet,” Sasaluk Rattanachai, who posted the video online, told Thai news site Khaosod English.

The street fight broke out on Tuesday at around 11 a.m. in Lopburi, Rattanachai added, which held up traffic for around 10 minutes. The area is located just northeast of Bangkok and is famed for its monkey population.

“This area is the kingdom of the city monkeys,” Pattakorn Witchaplakorn, a railway officer, told the local publication.

The area of Lopburi is home to thousands of crab-eating macaques, a type of monkey, near the Phra Prang Sam Yot temple.

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