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Hundreds of Hungry Monkeys Raid Towns after COVID-19 Drove Tourists Away

Hundreds of hungry monkeys are raiding towns in Thailand because there are no more tourists to feed them due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All over the world, millions of people are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, either directly or indirectly. While there are ‘just’ 156,432 people who tested positive out of an estimated 7.8 billion total world population, the number is still quite large and so spread out across the globe that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic.

Global Pandemic Affects the Animals

hungry monkeys are raiding towns
Photo credit: The Guardian

Plenty of communities and countries are either on total lockdown or have already closed their borders to incoming travelers. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc across the world, but this has affected many animals in areas where they relied on tourists for food.

hungry monkeys are raiding towns
Photo credit: The Guardian

In Thailand, for example, hundreds of monkeys have long been dependent on tourists to give them food that many don’t know how to find one in the forests on their own. When Thailand lost its tourists due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are only very few people left to give these monkeys food.

Monkeys Raid People’s Homes

hungry monkeys are raiding towns
Photo credit: The Guardian

Now starving but not adept with finding food in the forests, hundreds of monkeys are raiding people’s homes in Thailand! In videos shared from Thailand, hundreds of monkeys have taken to the streets to travel to the homes and places where they can find food.

For these monkeys, the sight of humans means there’s food around. But since these humans are not giving them food as they had come to expect, the primates are raiding their homes – and many of the monkeys have to scramble for a single scrap of food!

hungry monkeys are raiding towns
Photo credit: The Guardian

With food supplies depleting due to the continued COVID-19 problem, many people fear the worst. Would these monkeys grow angrier and do something worse to the people?

Here’s the video:

Animal Tourism

In many places across the globe, animals have become dependent on humans for food. Not just in zoos but even in their supposed ‘natural habitats’, many animals are being fed by people. While this animal tourism has benefited local communities, its bad effects are now slowly being seen – starting with this alarming video of monkeys raiding the towns.

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