A video has surfaced of a local monkey population in Thailand’s historic city of Lopburi fighting for scraps of food as the lack of tourism affects even the macaque population. Thousands of crab-eating macaques (Macaca fascicularis) live in Lopburi and the Phra Prang Sam Yot temple complex and are used to surviving on the leftovers from local and visiting humans.
However, as COVID-19 takes its toll on the entire planet, there are less visitors to the area which equates to less food.
As a result, the monkeys have resorted to scrapping for scraps, and the resulting fight which saw at least 100 monkeys participate was caught on video.
Sasaluk Rattanachai, who posted a video of the brawl online, told Thai news site Khaosod English: “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.
“Not enough tourists come to leave food for the monkeys at the templet.”
Coronavirus news: Monkeys in Thailand FIGHT for scraps as tourism dwindles – video
Hundreds of monkeys were involved in the fight
One local told the media outlet: “I haven’t seen a fight like this for many years that I can’t remember.
“Normally, the fights involve five to 10 monkeys.”
Coronavirus infections have the world in a frenzy with as over 180,000 confirmed cases strike humanity.
Efforts to contain the coronavirus within China’s borders failed and COVID-19 has gone global, causing the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare it a pandemic.
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Around the world, total confirmed coronavirus cases have now surpassed 182,000 – impacting more than 100 countries.
The number of dead from the disease has also exceeded 7,100 with Europe now becoming the epicentre of the disease.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO chief said on March 11: “We have called every day for countries to take urgent and aggressive action.
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“If countries detect, test, treat, isolate, trace and mobilise their people in the response.
“We are deeply concerned by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction.”
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