No, she's not feeding the monkeys

No, she's not feeding the monkeys
Miss Amy Klegarth, 25, hands macaques flavoured syrup-soaked cotton swabs, and collects them again once the macaques spit them out to collect the DNA from their saliva.

SINGAPORE - At the crack of dawn, she sets off for jungles on the island, handing out what looks like food to the macaques she spots.

Every other hiker who walks past would inform her sternly: "Miss, it's an offence to feed monkeys here."

Her reply: "These are just cotton swabs, I'm a researcher."

Meet Miss Amy Klegarth, 25, who is doing research on macaques, a species of monkeys living close to the edge of the jungle.

She is one of the three foreign students here on the Fulbright US Student Program, which provides grants for individually designed study or research projects.

Miss Klegarth, who is from Pennsylvania, US, told The New Paper she gets warnings about feeding the monkeys all too often.

"But I see it as a positive thing, that people are aware. This is the kind of community collective that should be going around. They should be adamant about it," she told The New Paper.

Usually, she hands out cotton swabs soaked in flavoured syrup to macaques, who will chew and then spit out the swabs. She then collects these chewed cotton swabs, from where she can extract the macaque's DNA.

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