Fruit galore: Thai monkey festival returns as tourists come back

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LOPBURI, Thailand (Reuters) – Watched by tourists and locals, thousands of monkeys in Lopburi in central Thailand feasted on two tonnes fruits and vegetables after the town’s Monkey Festival resumed following a two year hiatus caused by the pandemic. Hundreds of macaques, also known as long-tailed monkeys, were seen climbing on people and stacks of fruit, munching away on bananas and pineapples. The feast, which cost over 100,000 baht ($3,000), is an annual tradition for locals to thank the monkeys for doing their part in drawing in tourists to Lopburi, which is sometimes known as “Monkey Prov…

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