FUJI, Shizuoka -- A troop of monkeys descended upon a junior high school in this central Japan city at around 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 9, where they then scaled the building's walls and even hung about on a lightning rod on the roof.
According to Fuji Municipal Yoshiwara Kita Junior High School, there appeared to be a total of 16 monkeys, including one carrying its young. After about 45 minutes of excitement, police managed to encourage the animals to go back to their home in the mountains, while residents and teachers looked on.
There were no students in the school at the time of the animals' appearance, and no one was hurt.
The school is situated at the foot of Mount Fuji, and there are peanut and tea fields nearby. It's common for students to report seeing the monkeys when following the path to school, but its principal, who looked rather surprised by the morning's turn of events, said it was the first time such a large number of them had come to the school.
Talking about the swiftness with which they came, played and left, the principal added, "It's possible they've got a taste for it (climbing all over the school), and there's a chance they might come back, so I want us to be vigilant."
(Japanese original by Yukina Furukawa, Shizuoka Bureau)