Sunday, November 27, 2005

Monkeys feast at the annual Lopburi monkey banquet

As a party, it was a disaster: almost all of the guests of honor were too frightened to make an appearance. Those that came ate and ran.

But the monkeys aren't known for their good manners, to the delight of hundreds of tourists who converged Sunday in Lopburi for its 17th annual monkey banquet.

The party is thrown by local hotelier Yongyuth Kitwatananuson, who is thankful for the business the monkeys bring his city, which is 70 miles (112 kilometers) north of Bangkok.

The long-tailed macaques are regarded as disciples of Chao Pho Prakarn, a four-armed deity whose likeness is enshrined in the heart of the town. With such status, they are given free rein -- often to the despair of human residents.

Story here.

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