Revenge of the monkeys: Rampaging animals terrorize villagers, with dozens of food and clothing stolen and homes destroyed after being expelled from their habitat in Indonesia
- Long-tailed macaques were driven from their trees when a new hotel was built
- In the images, they have gathered at houses in the village of Lembang, West Jjava
- Locals claim the monkeys steal food and pull tiles from their roofs
Dozens of wild monkeys terrorize villagers in Indonesia after being forced out of their habitats to make way for a hotel.
The long-tailed macaques have left their wooded homes and harassed villagers in Lembang on Java Island.
Locals claim that the monkeys steal food, clothing and pull tiles from their roofs. Recordings taken on Tuesday show monkeys getting out of hand squeaking as they run across the rooftops.
Another video taken in the same area showed the creatures sitting on a roof near a balcony after invading one of the houses in the village.
Invasion: Monkeys race over a rooftop terrace in an Indonesian village where locals say the long-tailed macaques have been harassing them since being expelled from their usual habitats
Local resident Tedi Kurniawan said, “We have never seen so many monkeys come to our village. Sometimes one or two come, but recently they often came in groups. ‘
Neighbors say the monkeys are unpredictable, flooding the area in large groups, usually late afternoon or early morning.
Tedi said he was most concerned about the monkeys stealing food from clothes and clothes from the clotheslines while drying them under the sun.
Roof tiles on houses are also often damaged by the monkeys jumping on top of them, locals say.
Occupation: Some monkeys on a roof near a balcony in the village of Lembang, near where a new tourist resort has been built
Danger: Roof tiles on houses are also often damaged by the monkeys jumping on top of them, locals say
Residents believe that the monkeys leave their natural habitat in the nearby forest after being disturbed by the construction of a tourist resort
Another concerned local named Yanti added, “They come in a lot, maybe about 30 to 50 monkeys at a time.”
Residents believe that the monkeys leave their natural habitat in the nearby forest after being disturbed by the construction of a tourist resort.
Officers from the West Java Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) have been mobilized to investigate the unusual behavior of the wild monkeys.
West Java BKSDA officer Taufik Hamzah said, “It is imperative to coordinate all parties, including the community around the forest area, to determine what should be done so that the monkeys do not enter the village again.”