Every year, a Thai town hosts a birthday picnic for its population of wild monkeys; and, the celebration can get a bit out of paw—hand, we mean.
Below footage, displays two picnic tables furnished with goodies carried into the town’s ancient Buddhist temple igniting chaotic scenes as the monkeys go wild for their lunch.
Tables of candy, fruit, juice and ice cream are laid out on tables throughout the day in Lopburi, Thailand.
The primates contested for the sweets, with larger creatures backing down the smaller ones. At a point, after they knocked off his hat one photographer had two animals balanced on his head. Some monkeys even leapt onto the heads of onlookers!
Several of the females, found themselves with monkeys tugging at their clothes and on their head pulling at their hair.
The Lopburi Monkey Party has become an annual attraction for locals and tourists across the central province.
The monkey is a symbol of good luck and that by commemorating them with a b-day party, in the year ahead they will receive good fortune, Buddhists believe.
There are presently 264 known monkey species.
Monkeys can be divided into two groups, New World monkeys that live in South America, and Old World monkeys that live in Africa. A marmoset is an example of a New World monkey, while a baboon is an example of an Old World monkey.
Contrary to popular belief, apes, are (technically) not monkeys – just so you know.
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