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Monkey found with arrow through head, euthanized in western Japan

A monkey found with an arrow piercing its head on June 1, 2018 (Photo courtesy of Shiga Prefectural Police)

A wild monkey was found with an arrow through its head on June 1 in the western Japanese city of Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, and was later euthanized. Prefectural police are investigating the case as a violation of the Protection and Control of Wild Birds and Mammals and Hunting Management Law.

According to Hikone Police Station, workers at a local factory for housing materials reported their discovery of "a monkey with an arrow in its ear" to the city office, which relayed the information to police at around 2:45 p.m.

The monkey was 38 centimeters tall, and the arrow piercing the back of its head was about 35 centimeters long. City and police officials visited the factory to recover the monkey at around 5 p.m. but a veterinarian and prefectural officials determined that the animal was too weak to survive the injury and decided to euthanize the monkey.

The area where the monkey was found has many factories and warehouses with forested mountains to the east, and is near the Hikone Interchange of the Meishin Expressway.

(Japanese original by Akiho Narimatsu and Misaki Morokuma, Otsu Bureau)

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