Baby gibbon used to entertain tourists on Koh Samui beach sparks uproar

Baby gibbon used to entertain tourists on Koh Samui beach sparks uproar
PHOTO: Facebook video screengrab

A foreign resident on Koh Samui has exposed that a baby gibbon was abused on a popular beach, resulting in an uproar among expats on Facebook.

The expat, Arkadiy Kulev on Facebook, posted a video on the Samui Rent, Buy and Sell for Free page showing a Thai man letting tourists pay to hold a baby gibbon for photos.

"Endangered gibbon used to entertain tourists on Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui, Thailand," Kulev posted.

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UPDATE 21:00!!! 2 people were arrested, 3 gibbons were found!!! Thank you everyone for spreading the news!!! And a big...

Posted by Arkadiy Kulev on Tuesday, 24 July 2018

"Sadly, these captured gibbons have a very short ‘working life’. When they get to age six or seven, they develop canine teeth and often become more aggressive. Once they are no longer cute and compliant, many are killed.

"Also gibbons do not breed in captivity. Which means that this baby gibbon was poached from the wild or bought on the black market.

"This is the same beach where a slow loris was found with teeth ripped out so tourists could take selfies in 2016," the post added.

Kulev also urged expats to write to the Surat Thani National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Office to demand action.

A Thai resident, Prakit Kingjampa, posted that he reported the incident to the tourist and Samui police several times but no action was taken.

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