Monkey outsmarts captors

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 June, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 June, 2004, 12:00am

It sounds like the plot of a B-grade comedy, but conservation officers were yesterday forced into an hour-long stakeout involving an elusive monkey with only one good arm.

The rhesus monkey appeared at Po Leung Kuk Tong Nai Kan College in Mei Foo early yesterday morning.

School staff, anxious to avoid any disruption to students taking exams, called for help and several officers were sent about 11am.

Seeing the monkey on the school roof, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department officers decided to hide and watch it to ensure it did not create any mischief or disturb the students.

'Classes were still on, so we chose to monitor the monkey,' an AFCD spokesman said.

Once classes ended, the officers approached the monkey, but it gave them the slip and headed onto a nearby hillside.

'Whenever we have cases of monkeys near residential areas or people, we try at first to make them go back into the wilderness,' the spokesman said.

Although the monkey had an injured left arm, the handicap did not hamper his swift escape into the wild.