10:13am UK, Friday April 02, 2010
Tom Bonnett, Sky News Online
A five-year-old pig-tailed macaque was adopted after policemen in Yaha province in southern Thailand found him injured with a broken arm. Trainers taught Santisuk, which means peace in Thai, to pick up coconuts and he now lends a hand collecting the fruit with residents. The monkey also helps supervise a police checkpoint and his boss says he has made it a much happier place. Motorists now stop to play with Santisuk, rather than getting angry at the hold-up. Other forces are now considering introducing monkeys to better their image in the troubled province. Separatists are blamed for most of the attacks in Thailand’s predominantly Muslim deep south. Buddhists and Muslims associated with the Thai state – such as police, soldiers, government officials and teachers – are often targeted.