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Residents of Bangkok's Bang Khunthian district have persuaded state officials to remove a group of annoying monkeys. The monkeys, who weren't consulted, do not seem pleased.

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Long-tailed macaques are kept in a big cage to be moved from Bang Kradee in Bang Khunthian district to Pantainorasingh Wildlife Sanctuary where they will have their blood tested before being released into the wild. (Photos by Chanat Katanyu)

Monkeys moved after complaints

Apinya Wipatayotin

A troop of long-tailed macaques in Bangkok's Bang Khunthian district have been relocated after residents complained the monkeys were breaking into their homes and stealing their food.

Nipon Chotiban, director-general of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, said yesterday that 60-100 monkeys had been relocated to Pantainorasingh Wildlife Sanctuary in Samut Songkhram province.

The macaques will be tested and then released to either the nearby Khun Kala mangrove forest, where they can live on crabs and small aquatic animals, or to Khanson Wildlife Breeding Centre in Ratchaburi, he said.

Bang Khunthian is home to about 300 long-tailed macaques, which are facing the twin threats of urban expansion and coastal erosion.

Due to decreasing forest area, the monkeys had to scavenge through rubbish and stole food from people's houses.

State agencies held two public hearings, in August and last Tuesday, on the problem. Residents agreed that relocating the monkeys was the best solution, Mr Nipon said.

The locals urged authorities to remove the monkeys from their neighbourhood after complaining that the macaques broke into their homes and destroyed their belongings. They also complained of being intimidated by the monkeys.

Unlike the area residents, these monkey were not consulted about their move ahead of time and they don't seem very happy about it.

The crab-eating monkeys also risked being hit by cars as they foraged for food, or being attacked by locals when they approached them to beg for food.

Mr Nipon said his department placed food in cages in the neighbourhood to lure the monkeys in before moving them to Samut Songkhram. The department has also worked on controlling their population growth after their numbers increased sharply over recent years.

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Vocabulary:

approach : to move closer to someone or something - เข้าใกล้

aquatic : growing or living in or near water - เกี่ยวกับน้ำ

authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ

beg : to ask somebody for something especially in an anxious way because you want or need it very much - อ้อนวอน, ขอร้อง

belongings : the things you own - ข้าวของเครื่องใช้

blood (noun): the red liquid that flows through the bodies of humans and animals - เลือด

breeding : the producing of young animals, plants, etc - การผสมพันธุ์สัตว์เพื่อขยายพันธุ์

cage (noun): a container made of wire or metal bars and usually used for keeping birds or animals in - กรง

coastal : of an area of land beside the sea - แนวชายฝั่งทะเล

complaint : when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory - การร้องเรียน

consult : to ask for information or advice from someone - หารือ

crab (noun): a sea creature with a hard shell, eight legs and two pincers (= curved and pointed arms for catching and holding things).Crabs move sideways on land. ปู - ปู

decrease : to make or become less - ลดลง, น้อยลง

Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (noun): an agency of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment responsible for overseeing the country's national parks, wildlife and plants - กรมอุทยานแห่งชาติ สัตว์ป่า และพันธุ์พืช

director-general : the head of a large organisation, especially a public organisation - อธิบดี

due to : because of - เนื่องจาก

erosion : gradually destroying the surface of something through the action of wind, rain, etc; to be gradually destroyed in this way - การกัดกร่อน,การเซาะ

expansion : when something increases in size, number or importance - การขยายออก

forage : to go from place to place searching, especially for food - ออกหาอาหาร

intimidate : to attempt to frighten someone in order to get them to do something - ทำให้กลัว, ข่มขู่

locals : people who live in a particular place - ชาวบ้าน

lure : to attract someone/something - ล่อใจ, หลอกล่อ, ยั่วยวน

macaques (noun): a type of monkey that lives in Africa and Asia - ลิงแสม

mangrove : a tropical tree that grows beside water and has roots that begin above the ground - ต้นไม้จำพวกโกงกาง

neighbourhood (noun): a particular area of a city or town or other area - ละแวก, ย่าน

population : all the animals or plants of a particular type or group who live in one country, area or place - กลุ่มพืชและสัตว์ที่อาศัยอยู่ในบริเวณหนึ่ง

public hearing : an official meeting at which the facts about a situation, etc. are discussed with members of the public taking part - ประชาพิจารณ์

release : to allow someone or something to go free - ปล่อย

relocate : to move something to a new place - ย้ายที่ใหม่

remove (verb): to take something away - เอาออกจาก

resident : a person who lives in a particular area - ผู้ที่อาศัยในท้องที่

risk : to cause someone or something to be in a dangerous situation - เสี่ยงอันตราย

rubbish : waste material or things that are no longer wanted or needed - ขยะ

scavenge : to look for or get food or other objects in other people's rubbish - ค้นหาของ (ที่ยังใช้ได้) จากกองขยะ

sharply : quickly and by a large amount - สูงขึ้นอย่างรวดเร็ว

solution : a way of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation - วิธีแก้ปัญหา

state agency : a government department or body - หน่วยงานของรัฐ

the wild : living or growing in natural conditions; not kept in a house or on a farm - สภาพธรรมชาติ

threat : a danger - อันตราย

troop : a group - กลุ่ม

twin : forming a pair (two) of two similar things - เป็นคู่กัน

urban : connected with towns and cities - เขตเมือง

urge : to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take - ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น

wildlife sanctuary : a place where birds or animals can live and be protected, especially from hunters or dangerous conditions - เขตสงวนพันธุ์สัตว์ป่า

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