Two monkeys invade the kitchen of an apartment in Sha Tin, the New Territories Photo: Facebook, Sha Tin Locals, Susanna Ho

Photos of two monkeys that invaded the kitchen of an apartment in Sha Tin district in Hong Kong’s New Territories went viral on Monday.

Two photos were uploaded. One showed a messy kitchen with food scattered on the floor, and the other one showed the two simian culprits trying to flee the scene, news website HK01.com reported.

The photos were taken in an apartment at May Shing Court in Tai Wai, Sha Tin district.

The monkey nuisance has been an issue in the district for a long time, said Wong Hok-lai, a Sha Tin district councilor.

Wong received a complaint before from a resident who lives on the 30th floor of a building in May Shing Court who said monkeys had gotten into the kitchen, opened the refrigerator and eaten some of the food inside it.

That housing estate is located near the hill areas of Lion Rock and Kam Shan Country Park, which are home to hundreds of monkeys.

An animal expert said the monkeys in the area appeared to have gotten used to the idea of easy food as some locals may have indulged the animals in the past, Ta Kung Pao reported.

The expert advised people to stop feeding the monkeys and to close all the windows in their homes.

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