Animal news: A real anarchy city, taken over by…


It had to happen, didn’t it? News of the simian invasion has been spilling out of Thailand for quite a while now. See penultimate item in this linked post.

Not even piano playing has had a beneficial effect.

And, as is its wont, COVID has made everything worse.

Residents in Lopburi, Thailand, are hiding behind barricaded indoors as rival monkey gang fights create no-go zones for humans. The ancient Thai city has been overrun by a growing population of monkeys super-charged on junk food – as locals try to placate the macaques with snacks. The monkeys usually enjoy a steady supply of bananas from tourists, who have dwindled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Pointing to the overhead netting covering her terrace, Kuljira Taechawattanawanna said: “We live in a cage but the monkeys live outside.”

And snack food is not good for anyone.

P.S. For years I’ve noticed the short thing “h/t” at the bottom of a variety of posts, tweets and other written communications. I couldn’t figure out what it meant, although it seemed to suggest a thank you to someone other than the writer for information.

I was thinking it meant “hearty thanks.” I just looked it up, i.e., Googled it. It means “hat tip.”

So H/T to Ellen Kaye for once again providing me with animal news. Although I am not currently wearing a hat.

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