The Thai Monkey Forest in Phana is considered to be a magical place. In the middle of a small forest stands a temple, the Chao Poo Shrine. Approx. 1000 macaques live in an area of half a square kilometer next to amphibians, birds, and butterflies.
The area also houses research station, which, among other things, deals with the birth control of macaques. Although every day up to three animals are overrun on the passing road, the monkeys are so ready to reproduce that a birth control is necessary.
In joyful expectation for something edible, they surround every newcomer. Bananas, nuts, melons and various vegetables are devoured with pleasure. The monkeys show no shyness and climb up to people. Still, one should be careful. A dissatisfied monkey can bite too. The bites should be treated in any case by a doctor.
Soon after our arrival, the monkeys occupy the car. The driver was afraid of his antenna and other protruding objects. Our guide tells us that the only thing monkeys are afraid of are crocodiles. This belief comes from Buddhist mythology. Doctors of a nearby hospital, often haunted by the macaques, fasten plastic crocodiles during the day on their parking cars. This keeps the monkeys away.
Again and again, cars come and bring food for the animals. People do this because they promise themselves a better karma for the hereafter.
For hours you can observe the monkeys, as they are so human like.
Thus, the Thai Monkey Forest became an oasis, in which man and beast find an inner peace.
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