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In Thailand, monkeying around is an annual thing

Monday, Nov 26, 2012 - 00:56

Nov. 26 - Hundreds of monkeys feast on fruit and fool around for the annual festival that honors the animals. Kilmeny Duchardt reports.

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Monkeys are deemed as gods or soldiers by some in Thailand, so to honor them is to bring about prosperity and good fortune. And for the last 24 years, locals have held a festival to honor the long-tailed creatures by treating them to a feast of fruit. But for them, it's a feeding frenzy and a spectacle that draws tourists and locals who are usually amazed at the display. SOUNDBITE: Sam Smith, British tourist, saying (English): "We heard about the monkey festival. But I didn't think it would be anything like this. This is amazing like it's an eye-opener. You will never see this anywhere else. This is unbelievable." More than four tonnes or 88,000 pounds of fruit are spread out across the Hindu temple, which is situated in the Lopburi Province. It's true that it's their day, but they want visitors to have fun too.

In Thailand, monkeying around is an annual thing

Monday, Nov 26, 2012 - 00:56

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