Monkey Buffet Festival 2010 In Thailand Serves Over 4 Tons Of Food To Roaming Animals (PHOTOS)

11/30/2010 01:38 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

This past Sunday as most of us were recovering from our feast, monkeys in Thailand were digging into theirs. Once a year, Thailand's town of Lopburi prepares a monkey buffet. Yes, a buffet for monkeys. This year, CNNGo reports that hundreds of monkeys managed to inhale over four tons of food ranging from fruit to soda.

Lopburi is famous for its long-tailed macaques who roam freely throughout the town. Locals believe that the monkeys bring good fortune, and thus an annual feast is held in their honor. While these monkeys can be treated like royalty, the IUCN reports that in Cambodia and Vietnam, macaques are exported for laboratory research -- research that likely doesn't include an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Check out photos from the event below.

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