A gang of wild monkeys have taken over a town hall in Thailand in a frantic search for food – causing extensive damage to the building and forcing staff to flee.
Officials in southern Thailand were stunned to find the old town hall in Prachuap Kiri Khan county had been completely taken over by the primates.
The aggressive monkeys tore the building apart by ripping tiles off the roof and leaving metal frames dangling dangerously down onto the ground below.
Images also showed a huge hole in the roof, electrical wires ripped out from walls and smashed ceramic roof tiles.
The situation became so serious that office workers had to abandon the building and work at a nearby one instead.
City officials said the monkeys first overrun the Khao Chong Krachok mountain – a popular tourist site – before they took over the town hall which is about 100m away.
They added the monkeys’ frantic search for food was because there were no tourists around to feed them.
The monkeys have also been spotted smashing up vehicles parked close to the building.
Marauding monkeys are becoming an increasing problem in Thailand.
It comes after hordes of starving monkeys stormed empty streets after one of the primates was seen running around with a banana.
Bystanders were stunned and said the behaviour was totally out of character for the monkeys.
Onlooker Sasaluk Rattanchai, who filmed the banana brawl, said: “They looked more like wild dogs than monkeys. They went crazy for the single piece of food. I’ve never seen them this aggressive.”
She added: “I think the monkeys were very, very hungry.
“There’s normally a lot of tourists here to feed the monkeys but now there are not as many, because of thecoronavirus.”
Lopburi is a popular tourist destination, where visitors typically feed the thousands of monkeys who live near temples in the city.
Local media claimed the hundreds of monkeys belonged to two rival gangs and had been squabbling over food as tourist numbers to the country plummeted.
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