Kids left screaming and in tears after monkey gatecrashes picnic at West Coast Park

PHOTO: Stomp

A monkey gatecrashed a picnic at West Coast Park and made off with a box of grapes, leaving children in shock and tears.

Stomp contributor Lim took a video of the incident that occurred on Saturday (Feb 27).

In the video, a monkey can be seen approaching a group of two women and two young children who were having a picnic on the grass.

The monkey then snatched a Tupperware - which contained grapes, according to Lim - and fled, before climbing up a tree.

Screams and cries from the children can be heard as the monkey is seen trying to open the Tupperware.

Lim told Stomp: "The monkey made one of the children cry.

"It managed to open the Tupperware and took a few grapes inside the box. The entire Tupperware then fell down.

"The sight was amusing but at the same time, I am worried that the monkey might hurt children. I always bring my kids to West Coast Park, but this is the first time I have seen a monkey there."

Here's what to do when monkeys approach you in the open, according to the National Parks Board (NParks) website:

  • Stop whatever you are doing immediately.

  • Remain calm and quiet. Do not make sudden movements and do not maintain direct eye contact with the monkeys.

  • Look away and back off slowly. Do not turn away from the monkeys and run.

  • If you are holding an object which is attracting the monkeys, conceal or discard it.

  • Do not try to hit the monkeys.

  • If you have a child with you, put him/her on your shoulders. This will increase your perceived size, which could deter the monkeys from approaching you and your child.

  • Keep away from the area until the monkeys have left.