A rabbi has linked a troop of monkeys terrorising streets in Thailand to a verse in The Bible.
During a recent lecture in New York, Rabbi Yosef Mizrahi said a verse in the bible is related to a recent influx in the east Asian country.
Rabbi Mizrahi, from Israel, referred to Deuteronomy 7:22, which states those who follow God’s laws are blessed, while there is a plague for those who break laws.
The rabbi explains that Thailand appeals to tourists because “there are a lot of not modest things going on there”.
And the masses often feed wild monkeys roaming the streets, but since Thailand is now empty due to the coronavirus, monkeys have no one left to feed them.
Rabbi Mizrahi said the animals are now attacking the locals “viciously” because the animals demand their food from them.
Referring to the passage, he relates Thailand’s problems to 7:22 in Deuteronomy 7, which states: “Hashem your God will dislodge those peoples before you little by little; you will not be able to put an end to them at once, else the wild beasts would multiply to your hurt.”
Like most countries, Thailand has seen a decline in tourism since the coronavirus pandemic began earlier this year.
Millions of peoples lives, and travel plan, have been halted in their tracks as borders close in a bid to stop the pandemic.
In Thailand, monkeys are known for marauding the streets and stealing food from residents and unsuspecting tourists.
The normally well-fed primates swarmed across a street in Lopubri, central Thailand, after they spotted a fellow monkey holding a banana.
Onlooker Sasaluk Rattanchai, who filmed the banana brawl, 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.”
She added: “I think the monkeys were very, very hungry.
“There’s normally a lot of tourists here to feed the monkeys but now there are not as many, because of the coronavirus.”
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