Monkeys in big groups sending shivers to folk

The wild monkeys invading several houses in Lorong Air Terjun, Penang.

THERE is monkey business in the residential area near Penang City Park with a large troop of them seen leaping from house to house.

The primates, about 30 of them in different sizes, were seen lingering on the balconies of several double-storey houses in the area at around noon yesterday.

A sales executive, who wished to be known as Neoh, 31, was surprised to see such a large number of monkeys in his neighbourhood.

He had just finished his breakfast before he saw the monkeys, big and small, leaping past the houses of neighbours.

“While everyone stayed home during the nationwide lockdown, the monkeys decided to descend right opposite my house.

“I immediately asked my family members to close all the windows and doors.

“Since we live near the jungle, it is normal for us to see three or four monkeys near our houses.

“This is the first time we are seeing such a large number of monkeys.

“I believe the monkeys have come out of the jungle to look for food as the Penang Botanic Gardens and Penang City Park are closed during the lockdown.

“However, the monkeys usually do not harm and attack humans,” he said.

It is learnt that the National Parks and Wildlife Department officers will set up traps at the housing area if they receive any complaints.

If there are no complaints from the public, they can only observe the situation before making any decision. An officer from the nearby Fire and Rescue station said no reports were received so far.

“We have yet to receive any public complaints. Our men are always on standby to assist when we receive any report,” he said.

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