Panic at Tochigi holiday resort as monkeys surround car with 3-year-old girl inside


Panicked sightseers at a Tochigi holiday resort on Thursday contacted police when a troop of 10 macaques surrounded a car in which a 3-year-old girl had been left alone.

According to police, a patrol car was driven to the scene and its siren scared off the macaques that had surrounded the vehicle in Nasu, Fuji TV reported. Police say the girl had been left alone in the car by her father, who was not in the area at the time the monkeys approached.

Police say the girl was frightened but not injured by the incident, and that they are requesting visitors to the area remain vigilant.

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So were the monkeys the hero or the villain? I wonder if the macaques noticed the girls distress and were trying to help? Either way, it seems they brought attention to this problem. No toddler should be left in a car alone, particularly out of view of the parent.

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Quite strange how the focus of this article is the monkeys and not the irresponsible twit that left his kid in the care alone. It is a jail-able offense where I come from.

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Oh, I hope the poor little girl wasn't frightened and crying.

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the girl had been left alone in the car by her father, who was not in the area at the time

Another caring parent it seems

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Full credit to these brave monkeys bringing attention to this poor little girl all alone, just as well they got the police to come and help this girl out of her predicament, Now did the cops reprimand the careless father or what?

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Honestly I'm glad those monkeys noticed the girl, because something worse could of happened to and brought attention to her.

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Thanks Monkeys!

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Is the father being held or questioned by the police??? IF not, why not? Seems like he is the only one at fault here!

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The monkeys are more concerned about the kid than the father. They could be foster families for all the brats found on pachinko parkings or rusuban...

Oh, I hope the poor little girl wasn't frightened and crying.

She surely was, but I don't think the animals wanted to harm her.

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Dumb Dad...tkae the fricken kid with you! Things could have ended up A LOT worse!

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Probably the girl was crying in the car, and the macaques tried to help her, but didn't know what to do. Or they were so smart that they intentionally surrounded the car and started making loud noises, just to make other humans notice her, so they actually helped the child. Anyway, thanks, monkeys!

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Anahorn - Are you suggesting the monkeys were smarter than the humans walking past the car? (Sarcasm intended)

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Thank you monkeys for showing how stupid some humans can be.

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All it says is that the monkeys surrounded the car - doesn't say they were jumping on the bonnet, eating the window wipers or twanging the aerial.

Like others I hope the father gets a good talking to (I doubt they'd arrest him - they would in my country) and that he doesn't do something as stupid as leaving his daughter alone again. Muppet!

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No mention is made of the reason... Could it not have been just a couple of minutes while dad went to "relieve" himself ? (A public "mens room" is no place for a little girl...) I am NOT trying to excuse the father, just thought it could happen to anyone...

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No Parents, No Policemen but Monkeys!

another ignorant or negligent parent leaving a poor child unattended....

Thanks to the Monkeys for "NO MONKEY BUSINESS" by saving the poor child ....... from potential endangering of life

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I used to live in Nikko City in Tochigi, people especially tourists are refrained from handing out food to the monkeys as they get to be used to it leading to raiding houses. The fact that they surrounded the car may probably mean that they're used to receiving handouts from people riding cars. Just an opinion.

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The monkeys were inquisitive and saw no threat from a 3 yo. No harm done.

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Hurrah monkeys. I wonder if these were motherly monkeys wanting to take care of this poor little girl. They do have a strong maternal instinct. Perhaps the Abe administration can properly clothe them and send them to Fukushima to surround the most pressing problems there, although I think the monkeys would head straight to Uchisaiwaicho, and Nagatacho to find the real problems. Where are monkeys when we really need them?

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Unlike the father who was not nearby, monkeys were protecting the girl from perverts and other people who could kill her. Isn't it child negligence or abandonment? He was not nearby.

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I've got nothing against monkeys but being the animals that they are, they probably would have killed and eaten the girl if they could have gotten to her. The "father" hasn't been arrested for child endangerment?

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So even monkeys are aware to raise the alarm when a child is left alone in a car?? Dad wasn't in the area? Oh I am SHOCKED!! Was the dad charged with abandoning a child? Nah! let's focus on those horrible monkeys!

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Scary, what was monkey thinking? hmm

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Monkey 1 Father 0 The story says that the girl was frightened but doesn't say by what. Considering what happened, she could have been frighten by the monkeys but she could have been frighten by the being left alone, being approached by a strange man (police), or even what frighten the monkeys; the police siren. Then that last statement " visitors to the area remain vigilant"; what does this mean? If you are not a visitor don't be vigilant? Be vigilant of what? Monkeys, idiots who leave little kid all alone? Idiots who lock their kids in the car? Then also, vigilant as in be watchful but take no action?

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The monkeys were most likely shocked and worried that a young person had been left alone.Itis a most basic instinct of all animals that young NOT be left alone.As a parent I know this to be true. Monkeys 1 Dumb human 0

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She was so lucky they were not full grown male chimpanzees!! They will bite your hands and face off!! No joke just look it up on YouTube. But yes what an idiot of a father leaving his 3 year old unattended, feed him to wild chimps??

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It is likely that the monkeys saw the child as lunch. It was pure luck that they brought attention to the little girl. The father is a total dolt.

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I've got nothing against monkeys but being the animals that they are, they probably would have killed and eaten the girl if they could have gotten to her.

Carnivorous monkeys? Are you sure?

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