Monkey scratches boy's leg, snatches eggs from passer-by at Punggol HDB

A monkey has been bothering the residents at Punggol Drive, snatching eggs from a passer-by and even scratching a boy’s legs. 

Resident Joseph Tan, 36, told reporters on Sept 4 that the monkey was sighted over the weekend at Waterway Sunbeam, Block 663C Punggol Drive. 

Mr Tan said that he first saw the monkey at a playground on Sept 1, and took photos of it as it was eating oranges, as well as eggs which it had stolen off a passer-by. 

Over the next two days, the monkey was seen at the block, between 5pm and 6.20pm. 

Said Mr Tan:

“I called both AVA and the Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (Acres).

“I think it came from Coney Island because we are connected by the water way.”

He also recalled the monkey scratching the leg of a boy about four to five years of age.

Mr Tan, who had tracked the monkey out of curiosity, revealed that the naughty primate also snatched eggs from an auntie who had just finished her grocery shopping. 

He added that he had shared the photos of the monkey to educate the public on what they should do if they encounter a wild monkey. 

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) is working closely together with the Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council to monitor the situation.

Read the full story at The Straits Times.