Kyoto Municipal Zoo officials said Monday that a group of people illegally entered the zoo in Jan 3 and threw lit fireworks into the Japanese macaque enclosure.
Zoo officials say suspicions were aroused when pieces of spent firework cases were found on the ground in the "monkey mountain" Japanese macaque enclosure, Fuji TV reported. Security staff then reviewed CCTV camera footage and found that a group of five people had illegally entered the grounds by scaling a wall at around 6:20 a.m. They then proceeded to terrorize the macaques for around 15 minutes. Zoo keepers report that one animal sustained a burn to its face.
The director of Kyoto Zoo, Toshikuni Nihonmatsu, said the zoo discourages visitors from throwing anything into the enclosure, even food because there is a real danger that the animals will lose trust in people if this kind of behavior occurs, Fuji reported. What was done to the monkeys was incredibly cruel, he said.© Japan Today