Too Many Monkeys – level 3

15-07-2020 15:00

Lopburi, Thailand, is home to 6,000 macaques that draw tourism to the Thai city all year round.

Before the coronavirus hit the country, tourists paid money to take pictures and feed the monkeys with fruit. However, when the lockdown happened, their regular food supply was stopped.

As people stop visiting the city, the hungry monkeys turned violent, and they started to attack each other and people in the streets. To reduce the monkeys’ anger, locals began giving them sweets, fizzy drinks, and cereal. However, the high sugar diet made the monkeys sex crazed, and they have begun to breed faster than ever. The city has now been overrun and drastic action is being taken.

Wildlife authorities are sedating and sterilizing a large number of the monkey population. Locals hope that it will help them take back control of the streets.

Difficult words: sex-crazed (obsessed with sexual activity), sedate (to make a person or animal calm or go to sleep by giving them a drug), sterilize (to make a person or animal unable to have a baby).

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