Police in Shizuoka took on a rampaging monkey at the Shizuoka prefectural office on Wednesday and lost.
Police drew up a plan involving a large number of officers in an attempt to capture the marauding Japanese macaque. TBS reported that the monkey in question, around 50-60 cm in height, appeared at the 21-story prefectural office in downtown Shizuoka at noon. The slippery simian drew police up through the building and then down the fire escape, remaining just outside of their grasp as government employees watched on, bewildered.
Police followed their quarry down to street level via ladders and attempted to capture it in a pincer movement, at which point the monkey made a surprise counterattack, leading its would-be captors to recoil, TV media showed. The monkey then moved the chase over to another government office building complex, following which it made its escape.
Shizuoka police say the monkey is still at large, but that traps are being placed on the emergency stairs of the prefectural office in an attempt to capture the primate, should it return.© Japan Today