This stranger-than-fiction reality is unfolding in the city of Yamaguchi in southwestern Japan, where reports from officials of the city claim that a troop of monkeys has been carrying out the attacks since July 8, this year.
Monkeys terrorising Japanese city, snatching children and babies
Monkeys in a Japanese city are attacking residents, abducting children and babies randomly. Some of these monkeys have even been spotted at nursery schools waiting patiently to grab infant children.
The monkeys on a rampage are reportedly biting and clawing at human flesh with dangerous intent. In some cases, which are growing in number, these monkeys have been witnessed sneaking into nurseries to try and snatch babies.
City officials say that this issue of monkeys wreaking havoc is a big problem. Already, attacks have been carried out by these monkeys on at least 58 people.
In response to the onslaught, the city has decided to hire a special unit to hunt down the monkeys with tranquilizers.
At the moment, the special unit has caught and killed a 15-pound monkey which was getting up to some ‘monkey business’, in the strictest sense of that expression.
Not interested in food
City officials are surprised that the monkeys aren't interested in food, this renders the traps laid by the said officials useless.
So they have to find another way of catching the monkeys, who seem to be mostly going after children and the elderly.
Monkeys, in carrying out their nefarious plans, are often reported sneaking up from behind and grabbing people's legs. Thereafter, they start violating that person or even abduct that person, if the latter is a child.
There was even a report of an assault on a woman while she was hanging laundry on her verandah.
Several pictures have also circulated online showing images of monkeys peering through windows and loitering outside preschools.
Japanese macaques are the monkeys behind the attacks, and the city officials are studying their breed to see how best to apprehend them.
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