A PRIMARY school in Kowloon was invaded by a large group of macaques.
It took police and Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (漁農自然護理署) staff two hours to catch one of the monkeys to spark an immediate retreat of the rest.
More than 10 monkeys were first spotted in the playground of CCC Kei Tsz Primary School (中華基督教會基慈小學) in Tsz Wan Shan (慈雲山) at about 11 am.
Police were called and students were warned not to come out. Officers tried using batons and shields to scare them away but failed. More monkeys poured in. A dozen took over the playground while about 30 others sat or played on fences around the school.
As the situation was threatening to get out of hand, police called in AFCD staff.
They used bananas, apples and peanuts tied to ropes that were linked to cages, but it took some time before one was eventually caught.
Another monkey, likely the alpha male, staged a rescue but could not open the cage. That was the cue for the others to flee.
An AFCD spokeswoman said the captured monkey was an adult female measuring 55 centimetres in height. It is a member of the macaque family, one of the most commonly found monkey species in Hong Kong.
The captured monkey will be checked and returned to the wild if no problem is found.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 2 November 2015)