Lebanese monkey infiltrates into Israel, locals fail to capture him

Locals attempted to capture the furry visitor from the North by placing a trap in the school yard, but have so far failed.

June 4, 2019 18:13
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A baby vervet monkey in Zanzibar, November 2005

A baby vervet monkey in Zanzibar, November 2005. (photo credit: REUTERS/RADU SIGHETI)


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A monkey has been visiting towns in northern Israel after jumping over the border fence from Lebanon about two weeks ago, according to Mako.

The monkey reportedly fled a monastery in southern Lebanon before infiltrating into northern Israel.

The Vervet monkey was first seen last week exploring the towns of Shtula and Hurfeish near the Lebanese border. Over the weekend, the monkey paid a visit to a private garden in Lavon. Locals called a veterinarian from the Nature and Parks Authority, but he failed to catch the elusive sightseer.


On Monday, the monkey was seen wandering around a local factory and a school in the Galilee village of Deir al-Assad.

Locals attempted to capture the furry visitor from the North by placing a trap in the school yard, but have so far failed, according to Mako. Police stated that the Nature and Parks Authority is assisting in efforts capture the rare Lebanese visitor.

The police are also considering sending the monkey back home through the Rosh Hanikra border crossing.

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