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Japanese city alarmed by biting, clawing, attacking monkeys

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Schools out for summer

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Maybe this insanely hot and muggy weather is driving the monkeys crazy.

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Tranquilizer guns and relocate..

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Trying to snatch babies

What ?

Did they actually catch them trying to snatch away with one or are they be paranoid ?

Need pepper spray to keep the monkey's away

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Maybe now people will start taking monkeypox seriously and wear masks.

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The monkeys aren’t interested in food, so traps haven’t worked. They have targeted mostly children and the elderly.

 They were taken aback and frightened by how big and fat the monkeys were.

This is something that I would like to ask a primatologist about, I've read about troops of marauding monkeys in India and Africa, but they usually do so out of hunger. If they're not hungry for food, then what's their deal, to just monkey around?

Kyo wa heiwa dayo neToday  07:47 am JST

Trying to snatch babies

What ?

Did they actually catch them trying to snatch away with one or are they be paranoid ?

Need pepper spray to keep the monkey's away

In Africa, baboons have been known to snatch lion cubs from unsuspecting lionesses to kill them out of vengeance. and here's an article about the same thing, but done to humans in India, read at your own risk though, it might disturb some readers (https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/monkeys-snatch-newborn-from-man-throw-off-the-rooftop-in-bareilly-574988.html). I agree with you though, a little pepper spray will go a long way. I've lost count on how many times pepper spray has saved my bacon from aggressive stray dogs to aggressive hairless monkeys who don't know any better. Also, I think houses that have hunting dogs, such as the Akita Inu, will be relatively safer.

I wish the authorities would hunt and relocate all of these monkeys already.

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Monkey Pox anyone?

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Japanese city alarmed by biting, clawing, attacking monkeys

Still not as bad as some people's behavior here on the trains...

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No one has been seriously injured so far. But all have been advised to get hospital treatment.

If their intention was to hurt people, there would be dead bodies lying in the streets already. Remember, this is monkeys we’re talking about; they can rip your face off.

The monkeys aren’t interested in food, so traps haven’t worked. They have targeted mostly children and the elderly.

No one seems to know why the attacks have occurred, and where exactly the troop of monkeys came from remains unclear.

“I have never seen anything like this my entire life,” Saito said.

( O_O) Something’s going on here; I hope the anti-monkey crowd understands that.

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Give them the pacifiers humans, especially young ones, use: smart phones with Internet connections and preset links to scenes in the mountains.

The worse that could happen would be to create more teenagers. On second thought …

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But more attacks were reported after the capture.

Now why would that be?

The animal was killed.

Oh yeh, killing one of the troupe is not going to produce peace now is it?

I would argue that these monkeys are as intelligent as a small child.

Even my cat understands several words of English and Japanese and will change his vocal tones to communicate and show different emotions.

There is bound to be a reason for these attacks.

Doesn’t Japan have any animal behaviorists?

Or is the solution just to kill everyone of them?

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just kill them

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That is one evil looking ape. No doubt scoping the joint for what he can steal!

Good luck to the people of Yamaguchi, but I feel this isn't going to end well. People should wear protective clothing and full-face helmets whenever outside, until this plague of monkeys is over.

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Despite yesterday being told this was vulgar/offensive I will repeat it.

Shotguns with lower charge powder and rock salt.

Anyone can fire one and the result will only sting the animal ( well burn like crazy) without any serious consequences other than to never return.

This works with wild pigs, Raccoons, coyote, etc.

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just kill them

That is easily the worst "solution" among all. As others have stated, monkeys are super intelligent and do take revenge. Humans would be in critical danger under your solution.

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just kill them

( O_O ) Um… no?

That is one evil looking ape. No doubt scoping the joint for what he can steal!

When they’re in the onsen, they’re the cutest thing and everybody loves them. Now they’re “evil looking” and crazy. Go figure.

Remember, folks, they’re not evil.

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My town had a problem with a 50 strong monkey gumi that was hassling citizens along a 15km mountain border.

They initially placed a bounty of 5000 yen on every monkey tail that was brought to the town office. They then planted trees further up the mountain in cleared forests that would feed the simians in the future.

At the moment it’s quiet (since the troop had been largely slaughtered) but it will be interesting to see how it is in a couple of decades time.

Japan’s usual response to inconvenient natural conflict is elimination.

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just kill them

That is easily the worst "solution" among all. As others have stated, monkeys are super intelligent and do take revenge. Humans would be in critical danger under your solution.

that’s exactly right(!) you’d have some planet of the apes s*** coming at you then…

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Guns and their ammunitions are strictly controlled including the type of gun and the limit on the number of ammunitions kept. Owners are not allowed to make their own ammunitions.

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I highly recommend buying your favorite model of AirSoft item

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Maybe now people will start taking monkeypox seriously and wear masks.

Japan has one case of monkey pox, from a dude who got it in Europe.

There is no native strain in Japan. Unless you are planning on getting…. Uhhhh… “Romantically intimate” with a monkey, masks are useless.

You’d be better off wearing that mask on your genitals.

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I'm glad I'm trained in martial arts.

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Life seems much harder there, can't go shopping, can't walk out easily while some monkeys are watching people day or night.

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These are intelligent and strong wild animals. People have been pampering them and encouraging them for decades. Now, these monkeys see the humans as a territorial threat and are attacking people to get people out of their territory. The local humans have created this situation. Now, the monkeys have to be removed.

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In my area, we had crows attacking people as they came to shop and taking things right out of their bike baskets. For a couple of weeks they played a recording of hawks screaming and the attacks seem to have stopped. The hawks sounded like a kitten in pain, so it was disconcerting.

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monkeys that are trying to snatch babies

I bet North Korea is behind this.

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Planet of the Apes had to start somewhere...

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Body Shaming a monkey is simply not cool!

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Does one need to have the rabies vaccine if they are bitten by one of these monkeys?

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It would help to have an "indentikit ID sketch " to identify the offenders.

"1.6 metres tall and hairy all " over doesnt cut it for me

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They reached enlightenment. The monkeys became aware of themselves in the structure of the animal kingdom and it seems some of them have gathered an intelligence in where they seek revenge on mankind for something. This is incredible. What is going on in the world something is clearly absolutely going on.

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Tom "I'm glad I trained in martial arts "

It'd have to be a variant of Kung Fu's "Monkey Style "

Suggest "Drunken Monkey " or "Stone Monkey "

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I'm glad I'm trained in martial arts.

Tom doing Seoi Nage on a baboon is something I would PAY to see!

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Tom doing Seoi Nage on a baboon is something I would PAY to see!

No, Tomoe Nage.

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How about just feed them and sell sovereigns to gullible tourists? People became millionaires from onsen monkeys.

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Tom "I'm glad I trained in martial arts "

It'd have to be a variant of Kung Fu's "Monkey Style "

Suggest "Drunken Monkey " or "Stone Monkey "

Nah, faster to use a tranquilizer dart.

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Tom doing Seoi Nage on a baboon is something I would PAY to see!

No, Tomoe Nage.

LOL!!!! Brilliant!

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This is the begining of the "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"!

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LOL!!!! Brilliant!

Buy your tickets early.

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Scary and they bite. I got it. But in the end, it's a 7kg monkey.

Bash it, swing it by the tail and bash it, stomp it, hit it with a stick.

It's a monkey.

Once one gets past the teeth, which do look sharp, we humans are larger, stronger and in potentially meaner.

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Scary and they bite. I got it. But in the end, it's a 7kg monkey.

Bash it, swing it by the tail and bash it, stomp it, hit it with a stick.

It's a monkey.

Maybe you and Tom can team up as a Tag Team

Tom Thumper and Captain Nemo vs the Satsu Saru

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Maybe you and Tom can team up as a Tag Team

Tom Thumper and Captain Nemo vs the Satsu Saru

Ringside seats for you, your wife and your kids.

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Ringside seats for you, your wife and your kids.

we'll be wearing Tom Thumper shirts and cheering our hearts out!

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If I got attacked by a monkey, I'd kick its ass!!! Same for a pack of them!! Monkey-ass whoopin'!

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It's Planet of the Apes. The apepocalypse is upon us.

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Never look the monkey in the eyes. Try to make yourself look bigger, like open your coat if wearing one. Walk away very slowly. Do not threaten the monkey in any way.

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These monkeys look related to baboons, which are no joke. Some French foreign legion guys once told us of bush meat hunters regularly getting killed by baboons. If a monkey can kill a professional poacher armed with a gun, I’m pretty sure Oji-chan Tanaka wouldn’t stand a chance with his gardening spade.

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I’m pretty sure Oji-chan Tanaka wouldn’t stand a chance with his gardening spade.

But I'm sure Chuck Norris would.

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If I got attacked by a monkey, I'd kick its ass!!! Same for a pack of them!! Monkey-ass whoopin'!

maybe a man tag team!

Tom Thumper, Captain Nemo and Speed Lighting!

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3 man tag team! Sorry

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I’m pretty sure Oji-chan Tanaka wouldn’t stand a chance with his gardening spade. But I'm sure Chuck Norris would.

The Chuckster would take the spade and make the monkey do his gardening for him.

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I was joking in my earlier post, but as other commentators have written, monkeys are not to be underestimated.

They may look small and scrawny at first sight, but you have to consider each of them to have 4 arms with each arm strong enough to pull its full body-weight and swing it around, hence each arm having a pulling and grasping power which is to be reckoned with.

Add to this that monkeys are smart and can mimic human actions, showing a similar level of dexterity with their hands / fingers. It would strongly be advised to lock all windows and doors to one's home from the inside as just closing them would not prevent a monkey hell-bent on entering your home to somehow manage to do so by opening the door or window...

Not sure what their beef is, but I can definitely imagine them being a pretty nasty type of pest...

On the other hand...

People in a southwestern Japanese city have come under attack from monkeys that are trying to snatch babies, biting and clawing at flesh, and sneaking into nursery schools.

Err...Really??? Are changelings a thing in Japanese folklore?

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Gorilla, chimp or Baboon, no. That’s suicide by ape (or in the baboons case “monkey”).

This is a 7 kg monkey. Yeah, think I can handle that.

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Desert Tortoise

Today 09:32 am JST

Does one need to have the rabies vaccine if they are bitten by one of these monkeys?

Now there is an interesting thing.

The primary source of rabies in the world are bats.

But in Japan the common name for Rabies loosely means "mad dog disease" and this crazy misconception means only dogs must be vaccinated.

So little fluffy the cat out killing anything it can get its little claws into isn't vaccinated.

Now think about which one we should be most worried about all the cats roaming the streets and in and out of the houses or the rare Monkey attack.?

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The number of attacks is increasing.

Risks from monkey bites include serious wound infections, herpes B virus, and rabies. If a person is bitten or scratched by a monkey, the wound should be thoroughly cleaned with soap and water. Visit a hospital for an injection.

There have been no cases of rabies in Japan since 1957.

https://www.maff.go.jp/aqs/english/rabies.html

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Nemo

Today 11:29 am JST

Gorilla, chimp or Baboon, no. That’s suicide by ape (or in the baboons case “monkey”).

> This is a 7 kg monkey. Yeah, think I can handle that.

I would pay money to see that fight.

The bravado is funny.

4 limbs multiple times more agile and able to grip in any direction, extremely long candids and a bite force multiple times that of a human in a wild animal used to fighting for survival in a pack that's entire social structure is based on physical strength to determine hierarchy and one's position in the pack.

Then it will be interesting to see how they treat the wounds if you win. The treatments for possible hepatitis A and hepatitis B herpes virus B, and the whole host of other diseases endemic to Japanese monkeys.

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No one seems to know why the attacks have occurred

It's because the monkeys have gone bananas!

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Maybe they are waiting for "The Last Train to Clarkesville ", those "Day Dream Believers ".....

{yeah I know...but what have you got ...}

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Scary and they bite. I got it. But in the end, it's a 7kg monkey. 

Bash it, swing it by the tail and bash it, stomp it, hit it with a stick. 

It's a monkey. 

Once one gets past the teeth, which do look sharp, we humans are larger, stronger and in potentially meaner.

Lmao. is this guy for real?

If I got attacked by a monkey, I'd kick its ass!!! Same for a pack of them!! Monkey-ass whoopin'!

some tough guys here…

smh

these “little dudes” are faster and stronger than you think and incredibly intelligent. my advice: don’t do anything stupid(!)

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They been hangout around natural onsen and causing trouble in my local forest. Foal and deceased carrying mammals. They should be trapped and place in a zoo for the rest of their lives. The zoo is teach them not to attack us humans.

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They should be trapped and place in a zoo for the rest of their lives. The zoo is teach them not to attack us humans.

This sounds like a job for Chuck Norris.

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Trying to snatch babies

If they raise a human baby as a monkey and teach them their ways, maybe we will finally be able to open a dialogue between our peoples and negotiate peace terms. Sadly this will take time...

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I've read about troops of marauding monkeys in India

Monkeys are worshipped in India so they can not be killed. India took care of the monkey menace by training langur monkeys to scare off the rhesus macaques.

Till someone realised that capturing and training wild langur monkeys was also illegal as per the wildlife laws.

So the innovative solution was to employ men dressed as langurs to scare off the gangs of monkeys.

https://www.bbc.com/news/28599470.amp

There was a movie made a few years ago on the subject - Eeb Allay Ooo - which won a few awards on the international film circuit.

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Wonder if the George Michael song Monkey is appropriate in this situation-

You better watch out, baby who's that?

Don't look now, there's a monkey on your back

Why can't you do it?

Why do I have to share my baby?

With a monkey? (Monkey)

With a monkey? (Monkey)

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Anyone in authority ever wonder why these monkeys have turned violent?

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It was judged by various evidence to be one of the attacking monkeys and put to death.

It was beauty killed the beast.

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They ought to spank those monkeys for misbehaving

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Does one need to have the rabies vaccine if they are bitten by one of these monkeys?

Japan is free of rabies, so it should not be a risk. Other pathogens are a more realistic danger.

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AntiquesavingToday  08:22 am JST

Shotguns with lower charge powder and rock salt.

Anyone can fire one and the result will only sting the animal ( well burn like crazy) without any serious consequences other than to never return.

This works with wild pigs, Raccoons, coyote, etc.

A perfect solution for all those people in Japan with a shotgun in the cupboard and the equipment, and knowledge, to make/modify shotgun cartridges, yes, perfect.

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It is illegal to modify shotgun cartridges or make ammo.

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These monkeys have some nasty teeth, I dont think that I would like to be attacked by one, Ive seen a few wild life programs from India where these things plauge an area, they are nasty, and aggressive, they employ a monkey catcher to trap and cage them, they are taken into the country side and released, but its only a matter of time before they are back causing havoc and mischief, 99% of the time they are hunting for easy picking of food. Some people make a comment about they are qute and fluffy, can I surgest you go to this town and meet them and spend a week there, once they have terrorised you for a week, youl probably change your mind, they are far from qute and fluffy.

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Watch out for any funny-looking meat-on-a-stick snacks at the yatai during the summer festivals.

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 make yourself look as big as possible, such as by spreading open your coat

It's 32 degrees out there. Who's wearing a coat?

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When our village was invaded by monkeys we just let our dog chase them away. It was interesting to watch, the monkeys all dropped out of the trees and ran away whereas if they had stayed where they were the dog could not have done anything. They would stay away for about 6 months then it would be repeated again.

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During the seven year tribulation, there will be TWO BILLION people who will die from wars, famine, pestilence, and ANIMAL ATTACKS. This is likely a precursor of things to come soon after the rapture of the church.

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During the seven year tribulation, there will be TWO BILLION people who will die from wars, famine, pestilence, and ANIMAL ATTACKS. This is likely a precursor of things to come soon after the rapture of the church.

Dude, Go form a cult and move to the Guyanese jungle and leave the sane world alone.

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During the seven year tribulation, there will be TWO BILLION people who will die from wars, famine, pestilence, and ANIMAL ATTACKS. This is likely a precursor of things to come soon after the rapture of the church.

A hamster bit me last week. Surely, the end is nigh.

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