A troop of macaques at a temple in Thailand. Image via @THE STAVE DIARIES
CONFIDENTIAL military documents have reportedly gone missing after a troop of monkeys staged an “ambush” on a post man in Malaysia’s southern state of Malacca on Sunday, local media reported.
According to Free Malaysia Today (via The Star) the group of monkeys “stole” the documents after waylaying an unsuspecting postman at the Terendak Camp in Malacca.
The 33-year-old postman was on his routine rounds in the camp when the primates accosted him two days ago.
The report on the news site said long-tailed macaques overpowered the postman, before snatching three “confidential” documents he was carrying.
The monkeys took the loot and made their escape to surrounding trees and a nearby building.
The reason as to why the postman had been tasked with delivering “confidential” documents has yet to be made known.
Malacca’s National Park and Wildlife Department director Noorzakiahanum Mohd Noh said this is not the first time monkeys had turned mischievous in the state.
“There have been previous cases of attacks at the army camp, school, and even the mosque inside the camp,” he was quoted as saying.
A police report on the incident has been lodged and the task of retrieving the documents has posed a headache for authorities.
Over a year ago, monkeys reportedly stole scuba diving gear, a driving license, ATM cards and cash from a soldier. The soldiers belongings were taken from his car which was parked at the military camp’s hospital.
Noorzakiahanum Mohd Noh said attacks on people at the army camp were not uncommon. The macaques in the area were also known to be more “aggressive” than those in other parts of the country.
The department’s rangers have now laid traps around the camp to capture the monkeys to prevent similar incidences in the future.