Crazed wild monkeys vandalise cars parked outside Buddhist temple in Thailand

Crazed wild monkey vandalised tourists’ cars parked outside a Buddhist temple in Thailand.

The pack of more than 20 primates were seen climbing over the vehicles which had stopped opposite the historical San Phra Kan shrine in Lopburi province on January 20.

Footage shows the simians dragging, biting, and ripping the rubber trim off of a pickup truck in an attempt to access the vehicle. Another group of monkeys was seen trying to invade a black sedan next to it.

Temple staff said that unfortunate holidaymakers who left their cars unattended by would often have their rides damaged by the problematic primates, which swarm within minutes.

Tourists have been advised to park their cars with further away and to always contact the local staff if the animals are stopping them from driving away.

However, annoyed visitor Panot Bunsi – one of the drivers whose cars were damaged – said there were no warnings about the wild animals.

He said: ‘I knew the monkeys pester people for food but I didn’t know they also attack cars. If someone told me before of if there were warning signs, I would not have left my car.’

In March 2020, the monkeys had an astonishing mass brawl over scraps of food. While in February last year, dozens of monkeys took over a school’s swimming pool and rummaged through the bins in search of food.

Locals believe the creatures bring good luck to city. Many of the monkeys congregate around an ancient Buddhist temple but they have also taken over a cinema – forcing the previous owner to move out and close the business.

Government officials have tried to control the monkey population without success. In 2020, large numbers of monkeys were sterilised after their numbers spiralled out of control during the coronavirus lockdown, with well-meaning locals feeding them sugary drinks.

Environmental officer Narongporn Daudduem said the department has a long-term plan to build a sanctuary in another part of the city, but plans are likely to be met with resistance from some of the residents who don’t want the monkeys living near them.