A series of attacks in southwestern Japan by local macaques, a monkey species native to Asia, have injured at least 45 people, according to officials.
Mountains and forests surround the city of Yamaguchi, and encounters between monkeys and residents are not uncommon. But a string of violent assaults and home invasions have made national headlines and startled local authorities.
“It’s rare to see this many attacks in a short period of time,” one unnamed official told the BBC, “Initially only children and women were attacked. Recently elderly people and adult men have been targeted too.”
Attempts to trap the animals have proven unsuccessful, and authorities are unsure if the attacks are being carried out by a group of animals or a single rogue male.
Some of the earliest attacks