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  Monkey menace for Japanese schoolgirls
Updated 11 December 2002, 17.17
Macaque monkeys
There's some serious monkey business going on in a town in Japan.

Women of all ages are being attacked by a mysterious male monkey.


He's bitten and scratched 23 women on a two-day rampage in the town of Shimosuwa, which is near the capital, Tokyo.

School warning

Now schoolgirls are being told to travel in groups or be escorted by their parents to school.

And police are doing overtime patrolling school grounds.

On the run

Police turned out with cages and tranquiliser guns in a bid to capture the macaque monkey, but so far they've failed to locate the creature.

Among the victims are a 17-year-old girl and a 27-year-old television announcer.

The plan is to capture the monkey and then release it into nearby mountains.



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