Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Monkey leads Tokyo's finest on Keystone Cops-esque chase through station

Shibuya Station is one of Japan's busiest rail stations. On an average day, the station is used by over 2 million people — but never any monkeys.

That statistic changed on Wednesday, however, when a lone macaque monkey scurried into the station and took up residence atop a sign for couple of hours.

After the monkey refused to show a ticket or commuter pass, station officials called the police, who despite showing up en mass and with nets and despite giving furious chase, were unable to catch the creature, who scurried past enthralled commuters out of the station and into the crowded city streets.

Most likely the fugitive escaped to Harajuku, where an ordinary monkey would never stand out.

Yahoo! Japan has a video clip [Windows Media Player format] of the chase. Right after the Great Escape, people near the station began reporting fruits and vegetables going missing from their backyard gardens.

"I knew I should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque."

—Mellow Monk

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