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City to compensate residents who were attacked by monkey

Oct. 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM

HYUGA, Japan, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The city of Hyuga, Japan, said it will compensate 18 residents who were attacked by a wild monkey.

Each of the 18 residents, who were attacked by a male macaque between Aug. 28 and Sept. 9, will receive $3,270 from the city, Kyodo News reported.

"Considering the seriousness of the situation, in which the residents were consecutively menaced and many of whom suffered injuries, we have decided to provide compensation money for this incident," a municipal official said.

The city has also offered $49,054 to the owner of an abandoned house where the monkey was captured. The house sustained damage to its walls and ceiling during the hunt for the monkey.

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