Monkeys in Maha Sarakram flee into residential areas to avoid flooding

September 26th, 2008 - 4:55 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Flooding in Maha Sarakram province has reached such levels that the province’s Macaque (a kind of monkey) population has begun to seek refuge into residential areas to seek higher ground and food.

Maha Sarakram’s flooding situation has caused 13 districts to declare emergency status, especially in Kosumpisai (โกสุมพิสัย) district where the She River runs. Waters from Chaiyaphum and Khon Kaen provinces have flooded the river in Kosumpi Park, a 125 Rai forest reserve. Surging water levels have caused the park’s Macaque monkey population to flee, with an over 1,000 monkey troop seeking food and shelter along public roads and in residential structures. The monkeys are at risk of endangering themselves with human contact.

District Office of Kosumpisai Prateep Ruthikul (ประทีป ฤทธิกุล) has collaborated with the provinces Municipal Works and Local Administration to provide food to the monkey population as the province has an annual budget set to care for the animals. Money collected from annual donation ceremonies for the Macaques allow for 4,500 baht to be used monthly to feed them. The province however will still have to deal with the monkeys that have fled to residential structures and temples.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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