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Marauding Monkey Makes Jail Break in Japan

In this December, 2010 photo, Japanese macaque Lucky is in his cage in a nature park in Mishima in Shizuoka Prefecture (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY, FOR COMMERICAL USE ONLY IN NORTH AMERICA
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TOKYO - A marauding monkey that terrorized resort towns in central Japan last year by biting nearly 120 people has escaped captivity.

Officials in Mishima City said the monkey slipped out of the government-run nature park it had been kept at since its capture last October when a keeper was cleaning its cage.

The city published an emergency notice urging residents to lock their doors, though no new attacks have been reported.

The fugitive monkey, known as "Lucky," is a type of macaque that is one of the most common wild mammals in Japan. They are considered a nuisance in rural areas, where they damage crops and steal food.

Lucky has proved a tough catch in the past, avoiding citywide monkey hunts during its previous two month biting spree.