Imagine breath-taking views of crystal-clear waters and sandy shores marred by the site of monkeys rifling through garbage or scattered litter across the scenic vista of Samila Beach in Songkhla. While the monkeys, belonging to the macaque species, were endearing at first sight, they soon revealed their destructive potential when they began rummaging through cluttered dustbins, tossing waste everywhere, and basking in malodorous mounds of rubbish. Their reckless abandonment caused distress among locals and visitors, instilled fear, and littered the serene landscape of the beach. This was the grim reality facing the picturesque locale and was brought to a halt thanks to an ingenious intervention.
The mischievous marauders were known to occupy the space in front of the Laem Samila Cave in Songkhla. The discarded flamboyant feast from restaurant waste bins drew them like a moth to a flame. Their reckless tryst with leftovers had a dangerous side too, as it occurred in an area with heavy traffic, puttting them on a collision course with speeding vehicles. According to reports by KhaoSod, their intersecting paths with urban life was a recipe for disaster.
The life-changing resolution to this prickly pickle came in the form of an innovative transformation to the mundane drab of rubbish bins. The local authorities tapped into their creative outflow and fasioned a novel garbage bin design, reminiscent of the alluring charm of phone booths of yore. These utilitarian dustbins upheld their modern appeal with steel grates wrapping all four sides and a lockable front door for prime access. The redefined rubbish receptacle was capable of storing heaps of garbage bags, maintained with the lid left ajar. To streamline the garbage disposal process, six-inch diameter holes were chiseled into the steel grates and lined with six-inch PVC pipes, creating a smooth chute for the waste to slide into the bins. These containers were dispersed across various locations on the beach, acting as effective outposts in the war against litter.
With the innovative solutions planted firmly on Samila Beach’s landscape, there was a significant deceleration in the monkey menace, attributed to the inaccessibility of the newly installed bins. Brimming bins were promptly replaced by clean-up crew who dotted the shores, maintaining the impeccable appearance of the beach. The genius solution, a benchmark in innovative problem solving, was lauded by locals and visitors alike. Images capturing these masterpieces peppered online platforms, acting as a testament to Samila Beach’s victory over the monkey mayhem and promoting its commitment to cleanliness.
The menace of macaque marauders isn’t isolated to Samila Beach alone. Only a week ago, appeals were made by homeowners in Lopburi province plagued by these unruly creatures. The monkeys had transformed the peaceful lives of Lopburi residents into a nightmare by inflicting substantial damage on properties and belongings, resulting in an aura of fear and unrest. To learn about the shocking details of their monkey battle, click HERE. Stay updated with more of The Thaiger’s gripping stories by visiting our new Facebook page HERE.