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Thai village under siege from marauding monkeys

by Apilaporn VECHAKIJ

KHLONG CHAROEN WAI, August 29, 2013 (AFP) - In one Thai village homes are raided, property is pinched and locals are attacked by dastardly gangs operating beyond the law -- but the perpetrators are monkeys, not men.

"They creep into my house when they see me sleeping, they go into the kitchen and take cooking oil, sugar and even the medicines that I hide in a cabinet," said Chaluay Khamkajit, after years battling with pesky primates who are thought to have been drawn into Khlong Charoen Wai village by habitat loss.

"They took my snacks, I can buy new ones, but the medicines are important to me," the 72-year-old said, as she and her husband demonstrated a variety of anti-monkey devices including a homemade lock for the fridge and the more direct deterrent of a sling-shot.

Around 150 households in the shrimp farming community in Chachoengsao province on the east coast, 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Bangkok, have suffered raids by so-called "sea monkeys" -- long-tailed macaques -- for about a decade.

An increasing number of shrimp farms, coupled with the associated deforestation, is thought to be behind a surge in monkeys venturing into built-up areas.

"They could find food easily in the past but when there is less forest, they have to find food in people's houses," said village headman Chatree Kaencharoen, expressing frustration at some villagers who give food to the incorrigible creatures.

"Sometimes, a few hundred monkeys come at once -- especially at dawn and dusk when it is cooler. They know it is time to be fed," he said.

Conservation group WWF said people have encroached on the monkeys' habitat -- not the other way around.

"People have moved closer to nature, that is why there is an increased chance of interaction between human and animals," WWF Thailand director Petch Manopawitr told AFP.

"Macaques can adjust their behaviour quite well -- they learn in similar ways as humans -- and when they know that they can find food in a village, they come."

-- 'We cannot stop them' --

The spread of villages into formerly dense jungle has caused other clashes between people and beasts in Thailand.
"Wild pigs eat farm plants. But the villagers can also shoot the pigs and eat them," said Petch, adding that elephants and tigers were a less edible source of village disruption.

And WWF say the problem is accelerating.

In a recent report, the conservation group said demand for farmland could strip the Greater Mekong region -- Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam -- of a third of its remaining forest cover over the next two decades without swift government action.

Between 1973 -- the first point of available data -- and 2009, Thailand lost some 43 percent of its natural woodland, the WWF said, although it praised the country for its network of national parks.

Khlong Charoen Wai's monkeys spend their days hanging out on the narrow bamboo bridges that meander across the coastal swampland at the edge of the village.

Mothers lounge with babies slung across their chests, while others leap between nearby mangrove trees.

They tend to flee when approached. But when nobody seems to be looking, they climb onto roofs, leaving trails of muddy footprints as they stalk into homes through any openings they can find.

Residents have been forced to seal their houses with nets, lock their windows despite the tropical heat, and secure their property the best they can.

"They pushed over a 21-inch television, which fell and smashed. They even stole a rice cooker, managed to open it and scooped out the rice to eat," said Chatree.

Local authorities tried to curb the monkey raids -- even attempting to sterilise the intruders. But that effort was on too small a scale according to deputy village head Tawin Songcharoen.

"We cannot stop them," he told AFP.

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ID: 2   Posted · Hidden by metisdead, August 29, 2013 - comparing monkeys to red shirts - red shirts to monkeys

Send in the red shirts with their dastardly PA systems

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ID: 5   Posted · Hidden by metisdead, August 29, 2013 - comparing monkeys to red shirts - red shirts to monkeys

Send in the red shirts with their dastardly PA systems

Very disaapointed in this piece, when I read the headline, I thought it would be about the red shirts instilling democracy somewhere in Thailand...

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ID: 6   Posted · Hidden by metisdead, August 29, 2013 - comparing monkeys to red shirts - red shirts to monkeys

Is there anything in Thailand the red shirts are not blamed for?

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ID: 7   Posted · Hidden by metisdead, August 29, 2013 - comparing monkeys to red shirts - red shirts to monkeys

Send in the red shirts with their dastardly PA systems

Very disaapointed in this piece, when I read the headline, I thought it would be about the red shirts instilling democracy somewhere in Thailand...

Nice one !!!!! :-)

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ID: 8   Posted · Hidden by metisdead, August 29, 2013 - comparing monkeys to red shirts - red shirts to monkeys

Is there anything in Thailand the red shirts are not blamed for?

I proposed the red shirts as the cure rather than the disease.

Sent from my Nexus 4 using Thaivisa Connect Thailand mobile app

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ID: 9   Posted · Hidden by metisdead, August 29, 2013 - comparing monkeys to red shirts - red shirts to monkeys

Posters on here comparing Thais to monkeys (red shirts) and no deletions, shame on you TV.

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ID: 10   Posted · Hidden by metisdead, August 29, 2013 - comparing monkeys to red shirts - red shirts to monkeys

Posters on here comparing Thais to monkeys (red shirts) and no deletions, shame on you TV.

Shame on the red shirts for allowing themselves to sink to that level of comparison.

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ID: 11   Posted · Hidden by metisdead, August 29, 2013 - comparing monkeys to red shirts - red shirts to monkeys

Posters on here comparing Thais to monkeys (red shirts) and no deletions, shame on you TV.

Yep we are a shamless bunch alright.

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ID: 12   Posted · Hidden by metisdead, August 29, 2013 - comparing monkeys to red shirts - red shirts to monkeys

Thai village under siege from marauding monkeys

Was I the only one who thought the red shirts had seized yet another village?? :-D

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Both in Petchaburi and in Prachuabkhirikhan I slept in hotels right beside a forested hill, where monkeys were a major problem. Staff warning to keep the door closed at all times, and being woken up by a monkey trying to open a window. Monkeys can get aggressive, and their bite leaves a nasty wound which has to be disinfected thoroughly.

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Clearly its a problem, why not look or think outside just a little.

Would it not be cheaper to prepare some foods for them and leave it in an area where they can all eat-hence no need to raid the houses

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ID: 16   Posted · Hidden by metisdead, August 29, 2013 - reply to deleted

Thai village under siege from marauding monkeys

Was I the only one who thought the red shirts had seized yet another village?? :-D

Comparing people to animals? Is this ok now, then?

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ID: 18   Posted · Hidden by metisdead, August 29, 2013 - comparing monkeys to red shirts - red shirts to monkeys

I did not know they had moved parliament to this village.

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Clearly its a problem, why not look or think outside just a little.

Would it not be cheaper to prepare some foods for them and leave it in an area where they can all eat-hence no need to raid the houses

The problem with wild animals is that the population expands when food is readily available.

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Clearly its a problem, why not look or think outside just a little.

Would it not be cheaper to prepare some foods for them and leave it in an area where they can all eat-hence no need to raid the houses

The problem with wild animals is that the population expands when food is readily available.

A couple of rottweilers around the house should do it.

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":But the villagers can also shoot the pigs and eat them," said Petch, adding that elephants and tigers were a less edible "

and the monkeys?

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ID: 22   Posted · Hidden by metisdead, August 29, 2013 - comparing Thais to monkeys

At least the Thai locals now know what it feels like... Westerners are used to ravaging monkeys preying on them day in day out!

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Clearly its a problem, why not look or think outside just a little.

Would it not be cheaper to prepare some foods for them and leave it in an area where they can all eat-hence no need to raid the houses

I see my response was already covered. Sorry!

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Don't spank the monkeys.

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Cheeky little monkeys !!

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