Fauna of Asia

Monkey business - remember these stories?

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 January, 2007, 12:00am

Wild in the city


In August 2004, a macaque was seen running wild in Tsim Sha Tsui. Although the monkey attracted a large crowd of onlookers, it didn't seem afraid of humans. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department had a hard time catching it. After two days of monkey business, it was baited with a banana and tranquilised outside the Cultural Centre. The monkey was believed to have come from Kam Shan Country Park.


A monkey's uncle


A macaque hit the headlines again in 2004, when its 94-year-old owner 'Monkey Man' Chan Yat-biu died. The man's son Chan Yiu-wing (left) said he wanted to keep the rhesus macaque, which has lived with the family for eight years. Democrat legislator Law Chi-kwong, who helped persuade the government to grant a licence for the monkey, said officials should not just consider legal questions but also human interest in the animal's welfare. 'I agree that we need to take care of the public interest, as keeping a monkey is different from keeping a cat or a dog,' he said.