Victims of Miyazaki Prefecture monkey attacks will be compensated

In Other News - October 11th, 2013
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A western Japanese city that was overrun by a feral monkey will offer compensation to each of the victims of the attack.

Kyodo News said the city of Hyuga in Miyazaki Prefecture approved a bill to offer 20,000 yen ($205) to each person attacked by the ill-tempered Japanese macaque.

The monkey attack set off a widespread hunt involving hundreds of professional hunters, firefighter and police officers to snare the male macaque after it threatened 18 people in Hyuga.

One victim reportedly suffered injuries which required 20 stitches in his arms and right leg.

The primate was finally cornered in a vacant house on September 9 and was put down shortly after being captured.

The owner of the house was given 300,000 yen in compensation after its walls and ceilings were damaged in the hunt.

“Considering the seriousness of the situation in which the residents were consecutively menaced and many of whom suffered injuries, we have decided to provide compensation money for this incident,” a municipal official was quoted by Kyodo as saying.

Patrols are continuing in the city in case of further danger. Local official Kenjo Yoshida said they have not found any threats. “The city has now returned to calm and normal,” he said.

Japanese macaques, medium-sized monkeys also known as “snow monkeys,” are common in the wild throughout Japan.

By: Maesie Bertumen

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