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3 school girls bitten by monkey in Shizuoka

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Police said Wednesday that three high school girls were bitten by a monkey in Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture.

NTV reported that the girls were attacked by the monkey and bitten on the legs as they walked home from school on Monday afternoon. A week before this incident, another resident from the same district was also bitten by a monkey.

Police and neighborhood community associations have increased the frequency of patrols in response to the attack.

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girls were attacked by the money

Is this bad or good? So police will increase patrols, shouldn't they try and cache the monkey? Wonder if it has rabies? They really should try and catch the offending monkey(s). Monkeys do learn from watching each other and this would not be a nice trend to eventually have an army of biting monkeys descend on Fuji City.

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Attacking humans is not inherent in the Japanese monkey (nihon zaru) but they'll become aggressive when they feel fear. Try not to maintain eye contact.

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Would be amusing if the title reads: "3 monkeys bitten by school girls in Shizuoka." :D

Laughs aside, monkeys do not attack without being threatened.

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Check for rabies, monkey's are usually not aggresive

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What are the patrols suppposed to do?

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I had a run in with yamazaru in Karuizawa, and have to say it gave me a different level of respect for them. Was walking backstreets with my then 7 year old son, wife and mother in law when we came around a corner and found ourselves in the middle of a very large group. Would say at least 30. At first we were like "how cool is this?" and most of them were quite civil, just nonchalantly watching us walk by, but then saw two young males, obviously feeling their Wheaties, approaching fast and very aggressively. I picked up a rather flimsy stick, told my wife to get the hell out of there and did my damnedest to scare them off. Yelling, stomping feet, swinging a pretty useless stick...the intensity in their eyes really freaked me out. They were not at all afraid of me and clearly wanted to mess me up or at least scare me off. Was slowly backing away and they kept right on me the whole time doing feints and lunges at me. They finally backed off when a big adult male grunted at them, giving me this "you got away this time" look. Would like to say I fought them off, but truth is their boss called them off. Got back to the house just about 200 meters away, my wife and mother in law were telling my father in law and he was like "yeah, right" then lo and behold not 5 minutes later the whole troop comes marching right through the yard, being led by that same big male. Got down on one knee to be less threatening, and the big dude looked me straight in the eye, with no malice whatsoever, as he deliberately, somewhat arrogantly pranced by. With that look he said "I'm the boss here, and I saved your butt!" Was 13 years ago and the memory is like yesterday. Sorry about the long story, the moral is to take them seriously. They are very intelligent but wild animals who absolutely can screw you up good if they so desire.

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Parents should walk home with them and carry a baseball bat. If any monkey comes close, they should smack it in it's dumb head. I hate monkeys.

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Oh, CrazyJoe, about that "fear" thing...as an admitted wildlife junkie nerd from my youngest days growing up in the mountains, I knew I had to stand my ground and show no fear. Easier said than done I found. Easy to be dominant when the other party gets intimidated. These two, when I sent the family away and turned to face them down, just lit up! They had the numbers advantage and they knew it. Point blank, they called my bluff, and by the time the Alpha called them off, we were up close and real personal and and all 6 foot 210 lbs of me was about to piss myself. I have never been looked at like that by a living creature. They intended to tear me up good.

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I hate monkeys

Anyone, anything you do like, Probie? I recall once you writing of how you would punch out bears if need be. Perhaps something involving thinking of alternative solutions rather than the baseball bat approach might work? Not so macho though I agree.

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Kurumazaka - never apologise for a great story!

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@kurumazaka

This might sound unbelievable,but I swear it's true. I misread "yamazaru" in the first line of your post for "yakuza" first time around on the "recent comments" post. I was getting really bizarre pictures in my mind, but read all the way to the end and believed the whole thing.

More evidence of encroaching senility, I fear....

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@SimondB

Anyone, anything you do like, Probie?

Yeah, a few, I guess

I recall once you writing of how you would punch out bears if need be.

No. I said you should hit black bears in the face. If you didn't know, that is the best way to deal with them if you are attacked. Because if you do the roll-in-a-ball-and-play-dead trick, they'll think you're dead and start eating you. I also said to play AC/DC really loud to let any bears know to clear the hell out before you arrive.

Perhaps something involving thinking of alternative solutions rather than the baseball bat approach might work? Not so macho though I agree.

It's not about being macho. It's about stupid monkeys learning their place.

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Probie, those monkeys are way to fast to hit with a baseball bat. You may, depending on how aggressive they are, scare them off, but there ain't a well diggers chance in hell you're going to hit them. (Unless, for example, you are swinging at one that is attacking someone else and isn't watching you) A staff of some sort (like a rake/shovel handle) may work better, but nothing with a weighted end (like a bat) as you get off balance on the follow though and then they will be on you before you can even think about recovering. Even if you have a shovel or rake, use the non-weighted end more like a spear. But be very fast with those stabs, as they will try to catch it and take it away from you. Dude, you are seriously underestimating your adversary...

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Monkeys are great. These monkeys are being good Japanese monkeys as they appear to have developed a thing for schoolgirls!!!

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those monkeys are way to fast to hit with a baseball bat.

Not too fast. I had a monkey try to steal my bento during a nice walk at a park. I nearly kicked him across the street and over the guard rail. I didn't wait around to see if would come back with a vengance. I think I was about a kilometer away before he hit the ground.

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Monkey see,monkey do. Perhaps they have been observing how stupid and weird people can act and are mimicking our behavior.

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DevilsAssistant, good on ya, man! Glad it worked out easily for you. It probably does most often.

Damian, have you read about wild chimp behavior? They don't need any lessons from us. They hunt and kill (and we are talking mean gory, brutal complete dismemberment kind of stuff) members of different groups for fun.

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No. I said you should hit black bears in the face. If you didn't know, that is the best way to deal with them if you are attacked.

So Probie, how many bears or monkeys have you been attacked by in recent months and what is your success rate with fists and baseball bats?

Perhaps there is a better/easier way like discouraging people feeding monkeys in residential areas and issuing troublesome bears with boxing gloves. And fining them or make them listen to AC/DC if they don't comply.

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Laughs aside, monkeys do not attack without being threatened.

They also attack to make people drop any food they might be carrying.

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And just for the record I have never punched out a black bear or baseball batted a monkey,

Swatted a good few mozzies in my time though. Try doing them with a baseball bat.

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How many children walk around carrying baseball bats?

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I took a bunch of photos while in the midst of a large group while hiking at Kamikochi. Might be the urbanized ones that have an attitude like bosozoku.

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So Probie, how many bears or monkeys have you been attacked by in recent months and what is your success rate with fists and baseball bats?

I haven't been attacked yet. But, I'm betting I'd do awesome. Because I am awesome.

Perhaps there is a better/easier way like discouraging people feeding monkeys in residential areas and issuing troublesome bears with boxing gloves. And fining them or make them listen to AC/DC if they don't comply.

That sounds like a plan!

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i reckon a collapsible walking stick would be a good tool to carry around.

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A serious reason to visit a doctor ASAP. Usually aggressive animals are infected by rage.......

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Patrols for what? I believe that Monkey don't understand Japanese ? Do They ? Either catch him alive and dump in a cage or just shoot him at site

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There were more than three people bitten... yet the editor only seems to care about the three school girls...

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