No monkeying around: Thai primates suffer from food shortage amid coronavirus outbreak

The Nation/Asia News Network

It's no monkey business. Humans are not the only ones affected by the Covid-19 outbreak: Monkeys in Songkhla province are also suffering - from a shortage of food that normally comes from foreign tourists.

Malaysian and Singaporean tourists who usually visit Songkhla have cancelled their tours amid worries over the spreading coronavirus, leading to less food for monkeys since the animals rely on tourists for their daily food.

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After seeing the monkeys starve, local fruit vendors have started giving them watermelon and tomatoes. Thai tourists meanwhile are giving them corn.

The locals have asked the Songkhla municipality to take care of the monkeys since they are one of the most popular tourist attractions generating income for the province.

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