But when used to human handouts, the cute monkeys become less pleasant. They stop looking for food in the forest and pester humans instead. The aggressive will snatch food away from children; they can get very aggressive.
Feeding also results in an unnaturally large monkey group size. A normal group of monkeys in the wild usually has 15-30 members. Groups that are fed by humans can be twice as big or more. More monkeys in a group mean more conflicts between monkeys".
From Wild Singapore
Recently in Malaysia, the government is considering a culling exercise to curb monkey overpopulation in town areas. There was a report about some of these animals being infected with tuberculosis and the herpes B virus, but experts say that the infected macaques do not pose a danger to the public.
In Singapore, feeding monkeys is a crime: this year a man was fined 4000 Singapore Dollars (USD2900).
More advice from Wild Singapore
- Do not offer food to the monkeys.
- Do not bring food and or eat in forested areas.
- Avoid carrying plastic bags openly in forested areas.
- Make sure your children are not eating or holding food near monkeys.
- Dispose your litter into the monkey-proof bins provided. Better still, take your litter out of forested areas with you.
"Don't feed the monkeys: you will do them more harm than good"