Monkeys raiding local homes without tourists amid COVID shutdown in Bali

Monkeys raiding local homes without tourists amid COVID shutdown in Bali


Bali is seeing an uptick in monkey business amid its COVID-19 shutdown.

Due to the loss of tourist business on the Indonesian island, hundreds of hungry macaques who used to get snacks from visitors are resorting to raiding the homes of villagers for food.

Villagers now pay a daily bounty in fruit, peanuts and other food to prevent a potentially violent invasion from the about 600 primates who live in a sanctuary just 500 yards away.

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“We are afraid that the hungry monkeys will turn wild and vicious,” local Saskara Gustu Alit told The Associated Press.

International travel to Bali was banned in July. The resort island’s economy is dominated by the 5 million tourists it receives annually, including 6,000 visitors a month at the Sangeh Monkey Forest, which has also closed to the public in July.

Villagers in Bali are now afraid, as monkeys are raiding their homes for food during the COVID shutdown.AP

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