A rogue wild monkey sparked panic after attacking a hospital in Thailand. The male crab-eating macaque was found roaming on the roof of a hospital while appearing to be searching for food in Uthai Thani province. Hospital staff were alerted after the primate attacked janitors and scared patients and visitors at the facility. Even the security guards were unable to catch the monkey. The local animal rescue team arrived at the hospital to help evacuate the creature after being notified by the staff as they could no longer handle the fast monkey. One of the rescue volunteers said: ‘We were informed that the wild monkey has returned to the hospital again. It was already caught before and released to a nearby hill.’ For almost 30 minutes, the team chased the monkey but it was too fast and would not come near them. Instead, the smart creature swung on trees and stayed on roofs. The team then just tried driving it outside of the hospital and when they reached the edge of the compound, the macaque finally sped away and returned to the wild. No one was reported hurt in the incident as well as the monkey but rescuers warned the staff to stay alert as the aggressive creature could return again and attack patients. The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment had set a budget specifically for sterilising the monkeys this year after attacks have been reported all over the country. Data from the Wildlife Conservation Office reported that more than a hundred thousand monkeys had entered the residential areas in around 50 provinces making noise, eating crops, destroying garbage bins, and biting people. A government agency study showed that tourists feeding monkeys were one of the key factors resulting in overpopulation as most food that they consumed had a high quantity of carbohydrates causing a change in their eating habits and a higher sexual drive. Officials are now considering creating a ‘monkey colony’ project or moving the animals to an island over the past two years as an alternative to mass sterilisation.
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