A Japanese city is being terrorized by aggressive monkeys

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A Japanese city is being terrorized by aggressive monkeys

A Japanese city has been forced to hire a special unit to hunt troops of aggressive monkeys that have been terrorizing residents for weeks — with the savage simians even sneaking into people’s homes and trying to snatch babies.

At least 58 people have been attacked by the primates — Japanese macaques — in Yamaguchi, a city about two hours west of Hiroshima, since July 8.

According to reports, the monkeys — Japanese macaque — aren’t interested in food, so traps haven’t worked. They have targeted mostly children and older women.

“They are so smart, and they tend to sneak up and attack from behind, often grabbing at your legs,” city official Masato Saito said on Wednesday.

A woman was assaulted by a monkey while hanging laundry on her porch. A man in his 70s was attacked in his sleep, officials said.

A distraught mother recalled how one of the furry bandits tried to take off with her child.

“I was vacuuming in the living room and heard the sound of my baby crying loudly,” the mom said, according to The London Times, citing a local television station in Yamaguchi.

“When I went in to check there was a monkey pulling the baby across the floor as if trying to make off with it.”

Since July 8, at least 58 people have been bitten or scratched by Japanese macaques in Yamaguchi.
Since July 8, at least 58 people have been bitten or scratched by Japanese macaques.
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Another father described how he heard crying and rushed downstairs at his home.

“Then I saw a monkey hunching over my child,” he told the Mainichi Shimbun daily, according to CBS News.

Local news station TV Yamaguchim reported that more than half of the victims have been women in their 40s or older, and at least six victims have been children under 10 years old, according to NBC News.

Initially, officials thought it was just one menacing marque.

The male primate — estimated to be 4 years old and measuring 1 foot 6 inches in height and weighing 15lbs — was trapped on Tuesday on the grounds of a local high school by the monkey-hunting crew, who are armed with tranquilizer guns.

The furry bandit was then euthanized, however, more attacks continued to be reported.

No one has been seriously injured so far, but all monkey attack victims have been advised to get hospital treatment as a precaution.

When confronted by a monkey, the instructions are: Do not look them in the eye, make yourself look as big as possible, such as by spreading open your coat, then back away as quietly as possible without making sudden moves, according to Saito.

No one seems to know why the attacks have occurred, and where exactly the troop of monkeys came from remains unclear.

“I have never seen anything like this my entire life,” Saito said.

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