Friday, August 22, 2008

Local News: Monkeying around in Shibuya

Monkeys, specifically the Japanese Macaque, reside in Japan and frequently become newsworthy in their vexing intrusions upon the lives of farmers, invading homes, eating garden vegetables, and destroying crops.   But last night's TV news treated us to the comedy of "monkey loose in major train station" where it is sometimes difficult to distinguish monkeys from human beings... Many nets and official personnel were deployed.  Excited onlookers recorded the event on their cellphone cameras.  The police were comically ineffective, as usual, and the monkey escaped to a nearby park.

There is a theory that this monkey, and perhaps others, learned to ride atop trains to find food and entertainment in various parts of the city.  Such is the life of the urban monkey.
(Photo by Kei)

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