Monday, January 25, 2010

Monkey Found In Restaurant After Escaping Ueno Zoo

monkey escapeA monkey that escaped its enclosure at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo was finally cornered in the basement of a restaurant in a neighboring park.

The Japanese macaque was one of 23 released into the zoo's monkey enclosure on Jan. 24 at around 9.30 a.m. As soon it was released, it scaled the enclosure's 4.5-meter concrete wall and escaped outside the zoo.

It was found at around 4 p.m. later that day, in the stairway leading to the basement of Sakuragitei restaurant in Ueno Park, located several hundred meters away from the zoo.

"I saw this black thing dashing away, and I thought it had to be the escaped monkey. It calmed down after it was caught," said the restaurant worker who discovered the monkey.

Following its recapture, it was returned to the zoo and placed in an individual enclosure away from the general public.

Full story here.

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