Fruit vendors at the monkey viewpoint at Koh Siray say less tourists and locals have visited and bought fruits for monkeys and the vendors put the blame on monkeypox, even though it isn’t monkeys responsible for the current spread of the disease globally.
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The Phuket Express reporters visited the Monkey Viewpoint at Koh Sirey in Rassada, Mueang Phuket district yesterday. There are about 200 monkeys at the viewpoint near a mangrove forest.
Fruit vendors told the Phuket Express, “There are fewer people buying fruit for monkeys in the past week. They might be afraid of monkey pox. Even during Covid -19 mandated closures and restrictions there were more people buying fruits for monkeys here. Some fruit sellers nearby here also give leftover fruits to monkeys. So, the monkeys are still not starving.”
A buyer told the Phuket Express, “We throw fruits to monkeys. We stay far from them and don’t touch them. After that we wash our hands.”
As noted, however, monkeys themselves have not been the source of the spread of Covid-19 globally.