Date
11 December 2017
Following an invasion of wild monkeys onto a school basketball court, staff from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department had to be called in to chase the animals away. Photos: Ming Pao, tvb.com
Following an invasion of wild monkeys onto a school basketball court, staff from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department had to be called in to chase the animals away. Photos: Ming Pao, tvb.com

Monkey ‘invasion’ sends primary school into a tizzy

Authorities at a primary school in Tsz Wan Shan had some anxious moments on Monday as a group of around 50 monkeys invaded a sports facility at the institution and went on a mild rampage. 

At around 11 am, wild monkeys took over the basketball court at the Church of Christ in China Kei Tsz Primary School (KEITSZ) and indulged in their own games. 

Scampering around the playground, the animals had a bit of a party, upending garbage bins in search of food, helping each other pick fleas and tearing through some infrastructure. 

School authorities shut all doors and windows at the institution to keep the students and staff safe from potential attacks.

Meanwhile, the police and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) were alerted about the situation.

Officers soon arrived at the scene and tried to chase the animals away, but it took a couple of hours before they succeeded, Ming Pao Daily reported.  

Initial attempts by AFCD staff proved futile, but they quickly came up with a smarter plan. An officer successfully lured a monkey to go into a cage by dangling some fruit pieces.

The caged monkey was then placed in the middle of the basketball court. This caused panic among the other monkeys which then fled, like bandits scurrying away after a burglar alarm.

The female monkey in captivity, with a body length of 55cm, was subsequently taken to the AFCD’s New Territories North Animal Management Centre for observation.

The animal will be released back to the wild if no abnormalities are detected.

KEITSZ supervisor Fung Man-ching said there had been instances in the past where monkeys were spotted around the periphery of the school campus, but never in such large numbers.

Fung believes that food items carried by people during the recent Chung Yeung Festival could be one reason why the animals have flocked to the area.

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