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Monkey's romp around southwest Japan city center creates ruckus

A monkey is seen in Tenjin district, a downtown area in Fukuoka's Chuo Ward on Dec. 3, 2020. (Mainichi/Minoru Kanazawa)

FUKUOKA -- A monkey popped up in the busy Tenjin district of this southwestern Japan city on the morning of Dec. 3, creating uproar among onlookers and police officers trying to capture the evasive animal.

    According to Fukuoka Prefectural Police's Chuo Police Station, it received a call reporting that a monkey was running south near Suzaki Park in the city's Chuo Ward at around 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 3. The macaque subsequently moved to an area along Watanabe-dori street flanked by department stores and Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station in the city's Tenjin district. It hopped from place to place, including roadside trees and the roof of a bus shelter, before going near the Fukuoka Building, which is being demolished.

    At around 9 a.m. the same day, there were witness reports of a monkey on an elevated section of Fukuoka Urban Expressway Route 1 in the city's Higashi Ward. According to Fukuoka Kitakyushu Expressway Public Corp., it was alerted by the Higashi Ward Office that a monkey was near the Kashiihigashi Entrance to the expressway. There were also four or five other reports from people on the expressway that a monkey was running atop a side wall. The monkey reportedly subsequently descended onto a regular road from the Higashihama Exit in the same ward.

    (Japanese original by Emi Aoki and Yoshihito Asano, Kyushu News Department)

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