Pianist plays concert for monkeys in Thailand

Location: Lopburi Province, Thailand

British musician Paul Barton

played the piano to hundreds of wild monkeys

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH MUSICIAN, PAUL BARTON SAYING:

"I think that I was surprised to play the piano and find they were actually eating the music as I was playing it, eating and pulling the stools to pieces. But you know this is an incredible opportunity and I wasn't going to let those things distract from the project which is to play music for these wonderful macaques."

Barton hopes to raise awareness of the monkeys' hunger

Thailand's lockdown-induced tourism hiatus

means there are fewer visitors to feed the macaques

and less funds allocated for their welfare

Video Transcript

[PIANO PLAYING]

PAUL BARTON: I think that I was surprised to play the piano and find they were actually eating the music as I was playing it, eating this and pulling the stool to pieces. But you know this is an incredible opportunity and I wasn't going to let those things distract from the project, which is to play music for these wonderful macaques.

[PIANO PLAYING]