Kyoto warns tourists after monkey attacks

NHK -- Apr 05
Kyoto officials have issued warnings to tourists after a series of monkey attacks on visitors at popular sites.

A female tourist in her 60s had her leg bitten by a monkey at the Chion-in temple in Kyoto on Wednesday.

Police say the attack happened after a baby monkey was attracted to an umbrella the victim was holding. Then a larger monkey believed to be its parent bit the woman.

Three tourists have reportedly suffered monkey bites recently at the same temple.

On Thursday, a 10-year-old Swedish girl was bitten on the leg in a different part of the city.

On March 22, an 89-year-old woman was also attacked by a monkey at the Otani Mausoleum, about 1 kilometer from Chion-in.

Officials are handing out warning fliers in Japanese and other languages. They tell tourists not to approach wild monkeys to give food or take pictures.

- NHK