Gangs of monkeys ‘addicted to sugary drinks’ have gone on a rampage in a Thai town assaulting tourists for food and goods in a new wave of terror.
Thousands of unruly primates roam the streets and terrorize visitors in the tourist hotspot of Lopburi.
The city located about 90 miles north of the capital Bangkok is known for its massive monkey population which attracts tourists from all over the world.
And since Thailand reopened to holidaymakers in November, lawless monkeys have flooded the city streets.
The primates wreaked havoc by climbing on people, stealing tourists’ glasses and running through cars.
To make matters worse, the gangs feast on sweet treats from locals as they believe animals bring good luck to the area.
The monkeys ran out of visitors snacks, but the demons now gorge themselves on hundreds of bananas and syrupy drinks every day.
Footage taken earlier this week shows the animals causing mayhem as they rush around the ancient city.
Locals can be seen handing out plastic tubes filled with syrup and sugar, which the monkeys suck on before grabbing another man’s bananas.
The creatures show a complete lack of fear for humans, which means they exhibit extremely daring behavior – climbing on the windshields of moving cars and jumping over people on the street.
There would also be rival monkey gangs marking their territory, causing clashes when the two groups meet on the street.
One troop of monkeys lives in a ruined temple nearby, the other in an abandoned cinema.
In March 2020, the monkeys had an amazing mass fight over food scraps.
The brazen scuffle in the middle of the street stalled traffic for four minutes before a group was chased away.
Local Khun Itiphat said at the time: “I could hear them screaming. Then they ran down the road and started to struggle.
Veterinarian Supakarn Kaewchot said: “They are so used to tourists feeding them. With the tourists gone, they are more aggressive.
“They invade buildings and force people to flee their homes.”
And in February last year, dozens of monkeys invaded a school swimming pool and rummaged through trash cans in search of food.
Many creatures gather around an ancient Buddhist temple, but they have also taken over the cinema, forcing the previous owner to move out and shut down the business.
Government officials attempted to control the monetary population without success.
In 2020, large numbers of monkeys were neutered after their numbers spiraled out of control during the Covid lockdown, with well-meaning locals feeding them sugary drinks.
Stunning photos show the unconscious primates lying on operating tables in Thailand as vets carefully cut the sex-crazed males.
Thung Tale Wildlife Conservation Officer Suwat Suksiri led a team of veterinarians to catch the rowdy primates.
He said: “We had to have the monkeys spayed because locals said the larger the population of wild monkeys, the more trouble and conflict there could be between them.”
But the locals think the monkeys are lucky and hold a festival for them every year.
Environment officer Narongporn Daudduem said the department has a long-term plan to build a sanctuary in another part of town.
But the plans are likely to meet resistance from some locals who don’t want the monkeys living nearby.
Wildlife across Thailand is a strong draw of the 35 million tourists who visit it each year and accounts for around 20% of its economy.