Drought drives Cotabato monkeys deeper into forests

Philippine Daily Inquirer: Lack of food due to the drought has forced monkeys to leave their sanctuary in the village of New Israel here and seek refuge in nearby forested areas. "It all started when severe heat due to effect of El Niño phenomenon wilted some crops in the village including some banana plants that serve as food for these animals," Darwin Paraiso, a village councilman, said. Paraiso said the monkeys started to form groups and fight each other every time food, particularly bananas donated ......

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