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Driver mistook monkey's red backside for traffic light

By Ben Hooper
Driver mistook monkey's red backside for traffic light
A driver who was rear-ended at a traffic light in China said she slammed on her brakes when she mistook an escaped circus monkey's red buttocks for a stop light. Screenshot: iqiyi.com

Dec. 28 (UPI) -- A woman was rear-ended at an intersection in China when she stopped for an unusual reason -- she mistook an escaped circus monkey's butt for a red light.

The woman was quoted by Sin Chew Daily as saying she glanced at the pole over the intersection in Zunyi City, Guizhou Province, and slammed on her brakes when she saw a flash of red that she mistook for a red stop light.

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The abrupt stop led the woman's car to be rear-ended by the car behind her.

The woman said she looked back at the pole after the crash and realized the red she had seen was actually the rear end of a golden monkey perched next to the light.

Police discovered the monkey had escaped from a nearby circus. A circus manager agreed to pay for the cost of the damage to the vehicles involved in the minor crash.

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