HUNDREDS of bonking monkeys have been castrated after terrifying residents and raiding homes for food during the coronavirus pandemic.
Eye-watering pics show the unconscious primates stretched out on operating tables in Thailand while vets carefully give the sex-crazed males the snip.
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More than 200 wild monkeys were this week castrated in Thailand to control their population after repeatedly raiding homes in search of food.
Thung Tale Wildlife Conservation officer Suwat Suksiri led a team of vets to catch the rowdy primates which have been ransacking properties in Songkhla province.
He said: “We had to have monkeys neutered because the residents said the more wild monkey population means the more problems and conflicts could happen between them.”
The team arrived on September 14 and set up iron enclosures with bait inside to entice the monkeys.
A mobile veterinarian clinic was waiting nearby to sedate and sterilise those captured.
The sleeping animals were then marked with control numbers on their arms and chests before being given a vasectomy.
The primates have continued to wander into the city because of the shortage of food inside the parks, especially after a huge downturn in tourists due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier this year, monkeys in Lopburi province in central Thailand were also sterilised after their numbers spiralled out of control during the coronavirus lockdown, with well-meaning locals feeding them sugary drinks.
Cops admitted they were powerless to control the randy monkeys in Lopburi, where macaques have been eating themselves to death by gorging on junk food.
Footage shot in the Lopburi district in the centre of the country a few months ago showed the animals scramble over and attack one another in streets.
Even locals who are used to the animals’ behaviour seemed shocked by their ferocity.
Onlooker Sasaluk Rattanachai, who captured the scene from outside a shop where she works, said: ”They looked more like wild dogs than monkeys.
“They went crazy for the single piece of food. I’ve never seen them this aggressive.
”I think the monkeys were very, very hungry.”
She added: “There’s normally a lot of tourists here to feed the monkeys but now there are not as many, because of coronavirus.”
Lopburi is home to thousands of wild monkeys that roam the streets and buildings, many living in the grounds of the district’s ancient Buddhist temples.
Wildlife across the country is a strong draw for the 35m tourists that visit every year and account for around 20 per cent of its economy.
According to witnesses, the animals have turned an abandoned cinema into their headquarters where they also leave the remains of their dead love ones.
Any human who attempts to enter is reportedly attacked.
Residents had resorted to giving the monkeys sweets, fizzy drinks and cereal.
But it was later realised that now the sugary treats simply made them more hyper and sexually-active.
So, drastic action was taken by concerned authorities who restarted a sterilisation this year, after a three-year pause.
Wildlife department officers lured the creatures into cages and took them to a clinic, where they were sterilised and left with a tattoo to mark their neutering.
The primate presence in Lopburi previously came under the spotlight in March when a mass brawl over a single banana went viral.
Taweesak Srisaguan, a shop owner who uses stuffed toy animals to try and scare the hordes of primates away, is wary of them disappearing completely.
He said: “I’m used to seeing them walking around, playing on the street.
“If they’re all gone, I’d definitely be lonely.”
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