Monkey Madness

22 August 2008

How many police does it take to catch a monkey in one of Tokyo’s busiest train stations? Apparently a lot more than the 40 or so that tried.

The monkey was first spotted around 9:45am on top of the Tokyu Toyoko Line schedule display, possibly one of the best choices for people-watching in Shibuya Station, strategically positions between the exit of the Tokyu department store and the entrance to one of Tokyo’s busiest train lines.

It hung around for close to two hours while commuters, shoppers, news crews and a posse of net-wielding cops showed up, before finally deciding to make a break for it. Police never did catch the cheeky monkey, and its current whereabouts are unknown.

Apparently this is the third incident of a monkey getting into a train station in Tokyo in the last few weeks.