Police in Chiba City have arrested a 16-year-old high school boy on suspicion of vandalism after about 70 Japanese macaque monkeys escaped from their enclosure at a zoo in Futtsu City in June. The primates fled through a hole that was cut in the wire mesh fencing at Takagoyama Shizen Zoo, Sankei Shimbun reported.
On the morning of June 10, a zoo caretaker found a hole with a diameter of 30 centimeters in the caged enclosure. The wire mesh fence had been cut with a sharp tool.
Police said a car belonging to the boy’s friend was caught on surveillance camera footage, which led them to believe that he was driven to the zoo. Following his arrest on Wednesday, the boy said he picked up the tool while heading to the zoo. The boy’s friends are also being investigated for their involvement in the incident.
In September 2019, the city-run zoo’s metal fences were toppled by Typhoon Faxai. At that time, the primates managed to escape but were eventually recaptured.© Japan Today