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10 monkeys spotted having pool party in Fo Tan

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Source: Coconuts HK/Appledaily

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Flagrantly ignoring the residents only sign, a couple of primates were spotted enjoying a veritable summertime pool party at a luxury housing estate in the New Territories this week.

Video sent to Apple Daily by a female resident surnamed Hung shows 

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, a private housing estate in Fo Tan close to the Shing Mun Reservoir, which is a habitat for the city’s macaque monkeys. Hung told the newspaper she saw the monkeys frolicking about at 7am on Thursday morning, with the troupe splitting their time between diving into the adult pool and splashing about in the kiddy area.

Apple Daily also interviewed pedestrian walking nearby, who told the newspaper that he often sees monkeys crossing the road and diving into the pool at dusk. A general practitioner told the newspaper that monkeys carry bacteria like E. coli and enterococcus because they often scavenge for food from trash cans. He suggested that the housing estate close the pool temporarily so that it can be disinfected.

The management office for the Scenery Garden Estate told Apple Daily that they were aware monkeys have been swimming in the pool for the last two days, and are carrying out measures such as covering the pool with nets so that monkeys don’t dive in. This is not the first time monkeys have been caught causing a nuisance in the area.

In March, residents from a housing estate in Sha Tin — one MTR stop away from Fo Tan — 

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It is hard t o contain animals.  The government has to do more now .

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Monkeys are cute! But not at a close distance as the article says, they can spread diseases. The problem is far more complicated than just containing the monkeys. It has to do with limiting housing development so there is enough undisturbed habitat for the wildlife to find food without being fed. The problem is not the monkey venturing into human territory, but humans destroying the monkey's territory for the real estate and then forcing them to venture into human territory.  

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Cute yes but they can be dangerous if they detect any sign of aggression. I remember reading an article that mentioned never look directly into their eyes  as it is a sign of aggression and it can attack if they are irritated . Injury can be serious as this animal has very sharp fangs.

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I wouldn't go into that pool knowing some primates take regular dips. You would need to drain that pool to get rid of bacteria carried from rummaging through the trash and not to mention, relieving themselves in the public pools as they are obviously are not potty trained.

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wow. that is pretty interesting. I never seen this scenery before. the residents need to be more careful when they see those wild animals around. 

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