A major monkey war broke out on the streets of Lopburi, Thailand, bringing traffic to a standstill on a mid-city street corner. There are thousands of monkeys who live around the nearby Phra Kan Shrine and form gangs that very often engage in battle with one another. Usually they fight over food, but this time it appears the leaders of three rival gangs had beef with one another and something – we don’t know what – sparked the battle. According to one onlooker: “he had never seen so many monkeys wrestling with each other before, which he likened to a gangster fight in a movie.”
From the Indian Express:
“As a result of this incident, several monkeys were injured. There was blood on the road surface. And not until the leader of the losing side resigned himself, they did not retreat,” the eye-witness added[…]
However, this is not the first time it has happened. In 2020, two gangs of monkeys were embroiled in a fight in the same city and video started serious conversation about taking care of animals during the pandemic. Many had argued that tourism changed the behaviour of these monkeys as they now expect to receive food from humans.
I can’t stop watching the way the humans just blythly walk past the skrimish or drive by in cars and on scooters, completely oblivious to what I’m SURE is a world-changing battle for the monkeys… The way birds probably fly over historic human battles like Waterloo, Hastings, or Agincourt and not giving a fuck… There is surely more to this world than what we choose to notice…
(via boing boing)