LOPBURI — A long-tailed macaque got an early start on the bad stuff yesterday morning and went on a drunken bender that ended 24 hours later in death by alcohol poisoning.

The unnamed monkey was already three sheets to the wind on lao khao (rice whiskey) when it was spotted by som tam vendor Lamoon Panpetch, who saw him fall off a roof Wednesday morning, stumble around a bit, then hide in a corner near her stall.

Some humans staged an intervention and tried to get help for the plastered primate, but it was too late. The drunk monkey died Thursday morning at a livestock facility where it was sent for help.