6 thoughts on “There are at least 12 Monkeys on a Tree above a Busy Road

    • I quote below an extract on the reason of importing monkeys:

      After the completion of the Kowloon Reservoir in 1910—the first reservoir constructed on the Kowloon Peninsula—the British discovered a poisonous plant known as strychnos that grew in the reservoir’s vicinity. It was believed that the plant’s fruit contained alkaloids that were lethal when ingested by humans, but did little harm to monkeys.

      Fearing that the fruits would fall into the reservoir and contaminate the drinking water for the New Territories, the authorities introduced a number of rhesus macaques to the area in hopes that they would gobble up the fruit.

      These monkeys flourishes but the indigenous monkeys went extinct.

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