Macaque makes a monkey of Japanese


Japanese macaque monkey Lucky in his cage at a nature park in Mishima before his escape (AP)

A marauding monkey that terrorised resort towns in central Japan last year by biting nearly 120 people has escaped captivity.

The monkey slipped out of the government-run nature park in Mishima City when a keeper was cleaning its cage.

The city has published an emergency notice urging residents to lock their doors, though no new attacks have been reported.

The fugitive monkey, known as Lucky, is a type of macaque that is one of the most common wild mammals in Japan.

They are considered a nuisance in rural areas, where they damage crops and steal food.

Lucky has proved a tough catch in the past, avoiding city-wide monkey hunts during its previous two-month biting spree.

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