A troop of marauding monkeys have been tearing through a town and terrifying even its residents – even attempting to take their children.
The long-tailed macaques have become at nuisance a the N’Dira Residences in the town of Puchong, southern Malaysia.
The primates live in a forested area next to the neighbourhood and have begun entering the compound.
Resident Justin Chin, 30, told The Malaysian Star: “Before last month, they rarely entered the housing area, which opened for occupancy two years ago.
“The monkeys often create a mess by going through the rubbish and have entered a few houses and damaged many cars.
“The residents are afraid of leaving their doors and windows open.”
Mum-of-two Hai Tran, 38, said an adult monkey had tried to make off with her three-year-old toddler – while he was inside their house.
She said: “I was cooking in the kitchen when I heard my son scream and saw the monkey reach out towards my son.
“Thankfully, I have a mesh gate that prevented it from grabbing my son.”
Other locals said the monkeys had stolen food from their prayer altars and invaded their homes, looking for any food they could get their hands on.
Mr Chin said the Wildlife and National Parks Department are on the case.
Official Haidar Khan Mokbolhassan said they plan to catch the monkeys and relocate them to another forested area.
He confirmed: “More traps were set recently to increase our chances of catching the troop as we had only caught one so far.
“We will be setting bigger traps soon, too.”
Long-tailed macaques are considered a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.