Monkey business at Thai town fruit festival

Macaques climbing over a man as he serves them dessert outside the Phra Prang Sam Yod temple in Thailand on Nov 28, 2021. PHOTO: AFP
Covid-19 restrictions meant last year's party was missing its usual crowd of spectators but this year, the humans were back in force, with more than 100 turning out to see the furry fruit fanatics. PHOTO: AFP
Lopburi has been laying on an annual feast of fruit for its population of macaques since the late 1980s. PHOTO: AFP

LOPBURI, THAILAND (AFP) - Their table manners were shocking, but the guests of honour at a special banquet in the Thai town of Lopburi on Sunday (Nov 28) loved monkeying around.

Lopburi has been laying on an annual feast of fruit for its population of macaques since the late 1980s, part religious tradition and part tourist attraction.

This year's Monkey Buffet Festival saw around 1,000 hungry simians descend on tables and wheelchairs piled high with fruit outside the town's 800-year-old Pra Prang Sam Yod temple.

Organiser Yongyuth Kitwatananusont said the monkeys have a special taste for durian, the pungent love-it-or-hate-it tropical fruit popular across South-east Asia.

Covid-19 restrictions meant last year's party was missing its usual crowd of spectators but this year, the humans were back in force, with more than 100 turning out to see the furry fruit fanatics.

The cheeky monkeys were keen to renew their acquaintance with the people, clambering over onlookers, stealing hats, chewing long hair and giving the occasional bite.

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