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Simian school invader cools heels in detention after capture in Fukuoka

A monkey is seen on a desk in the municipal Fukuoka Girls' High School in Fukuoka's Nishi Ward in this photo provided by the school.

FUKUOKA -- A marauding monkey's morning romp in a high school here came to an end with the simian invader's capture on Aug. 22.

A staff member at the municipal Fukuoka Girls' High School in the city's Nishi Ward contacted the ward office at about 7 a.m. to report a monkey loose in the building. The school was put on lockdown, and the animal captured at around 11:30 a.m. by pursuers including police officers and a local hunting club.

One ward employee sent to the scene suffered minor scratches during the monkey-hunt, but there were no reports of injuries to school staff or students. The animal will be released in a mountainous area in the city.

There have been multiple monkey sightings in this southwestern Japan city since Aug. 17, including near the Yahuoku! Dome baseball stadium in Fukuoka's Chuo Ward and in residential neighborhoods.

(Japanese original by Yoshihito Asano, Kyushu News Department)

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