Miscreant monkeys recently removed from Wat Phnom have found a new home. Nhek Ratanak Pich, director of the Takeo province’s Phnom Tamao Zoo, said yesterday that the 25 macaque monkeys had been transported for release at a forest in Koh Kong province. Before their release, the macaques had been tested and found to have a common simian liver disease, usually contracted through biting. “We have no room for the monkeys at Tamao Zoo,” remarked the director, “they destroy the vegetables of nearby locals and scare our visitors.” NGO Wildlife Alliance, working together with the Forestry Administration, aided in transporting the monkeys by truck to Koh Kong, Alliance representative John Maloy said yesterday. Two of the Wat Phnom macaques were kept at Phnom Tamao but
one has since died. The death may have been caused by a reaction to a tranquilliser used to sedate the monkeys.