1000 mobilised to snare grumpy monkey

MORE than 1000 hunters, firefighters and police were mobilised to snare a bad-tempered monkey which terrorised a town in western Japan.

The ABC reports the 18 victims of the ill-tempered monkey will now be offered compensation.

The wild macaque was finally cornered in a vacant house on September 9 after 280 people had spent the day searching for it.

The monkey was put down shortly thereafter.

The municipal assembly of Hyuga, in Miyazaki prefecture, unanimously approved a bill to offer 20,000 yen ($205) to each person the male monkey had attacked.

Macaque monkeys live in many different habitats across the globe and are reportedly the most widely distributed genus of nonhuman primates.

They commonly used in research-most recently in AIDS research.

Macaques are native to Asia and Northern Africa, but thousands are housed in research facilities, zoos, wildlife or amusement parks, and are kept as pets in private homes throughout the world.