Villagers in Bali Indonesia said that hungry monkeys on the resort have been raiding the villagers’ homes in search of food on Friday.
Residents tried to stop the monkeys from raiding houses by taking fruit, peanuts, and other food to the Sangeh Monkey Forest, where almost 600 macaques live.
“We are afraid that the hungry monkeys will turn wild and vicious,” villager Saskara Gustu Alit said.
Before the pandemic, Bali welcomed more than five million foreign visitors every year and the Sangeh Monkey Forest had about 6,000 visitors each month, but as the pandemic spread last year, international travel dropped.
Indonesia banned foreign travelers to the island since July and then shut the sanctuary to residents, which meant nobody was bringing food for the monkeys anymore.
“This prolonged pandemic is beyond expectations. Food for monkeys has become a problem,” Made Moon, operations manager of the sanctuary said.
Moon added that since the sanctuary has also lost out on its admission fees, it is running low on money to purchase food for them.
“That’s why I have urged villagers here to come to the forest to play with the monkeys and offer them food. I think they need to interact with humans as often as possible so that they do not go wild,” Alit said.
The macaque is an omnivore and can eat a variety of animals and plants found in the jungle, but those in the Sangeh Monkey Forest have had enough contact with humans over the years that they seem to prefer other things, the Associated Press reported.
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