Monkey Wants to Work 9 to 5

August 21 | 1 Comment

Gonna Be Late To WorkI’m not a working dog. Never have been and never will be. But I do sympathize with those who have to trudge to work on a daily basis. You know, like those sheepdogs who punch a clock every day…just to watch those darn sheep and keeping that wiley coyote from stealing them. My heart goes out to Sam and Ralph.

So when I saw this story about a monkey using the Tokyo commuter trains, my heart went out to him too. Let’s face it, a country monkey trying to make it in the big city is sad on many levels; an indictment on society today.

TOKYO (AP) – Morning train commuters in Tokyo were joined on their way to work by an unusual companion Wednesday: a wild monkey. A security guard spotted the monkey near ticket gates in Shibuya Station, said Norihiru Masui, a spokesman for train operator Tokyu Corp.

The monkey climbed to a perch high atop a departure board, and around 30 policemen surrounded the area and attempted to snare it with a variety of nets, as commuters crowded around and snapped pictures with their cell phones.

The standoff ended when the monkey climbed down and dashed out of the station, with several policeman and local TV crews in tow. News reports said the monkey was last seen heading in the direction of nearby Yoyogi Park.

The monkey had read about the paparazzi but never experienced being its focus. Let me just say, if you’ve never been the center of so much attention before, you’d run too.

Japanese media have reported several monkey sightings in Tokyo recently, but it was unclear if they involved the same animal.

With today’s move from an agricultural economy to a service one, is it really surprising that monkeys are coming to the city to find jobs?

Monkeys have long made appearances in rural parts of Japan, where they have been known to damage crops, swipe food from grocery stalls and even bite humans.

Why the hateful ending? Sounds to me like this reporter may be happier watching sheep with Sam and Ralph.


One Response to “Monkey Wants to Work 9 to 5”

  1. Dog Checks on August 24th, 2008 2:56 pm

    Wow… monkeys riding the train..

    And I thought we humans were the only monkeys riding them ;)

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