I’m glad that I’m not the only one on the internets keeping tabs on heightened monkey activity. If it weren’t for The Awl, my trip out of the country would have meant missing two stories in August about primate trouble.
According to the first story on CNN, Japanese monkeys seem to get more feisty in August than other months. On the 25th, a total of 15 people in the city of Susono reported monkey-related injuries.
And then, of course, there was the incident at Jungle Island in Florida.
“Officials said a mechanical problem and human error by an employee led to the escape of the monkey.Jungle Island employees began to chase the monkey back into its area when the monkey jumped into the tigers’ enclosure. One of the tigers, 3-year-old Mahesh, leaped after the monkey and out of the enclosure. Israel Salabarra, a witness, said, ‘All of a sudden, out of nowhere, this tiger just comes leaping in the air with one paw up.'”
The story goes on to note that Mahesh the tiger was caught after about an hour roaming loose. It notes nothing about the whereabouts of the monkey, however. Here’s hoping that September will be a quiet month.