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Monkey ‘working’ at university goes viral

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

A photo of a Formosan macaque sitting in a cubicle at National Sun Yat-Sen University (NSYSU) in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, has made a splash on social media, as it appears to show the monkey deeply absorbed in the humdrum of daily office life.

“We’re currently on winter vacation, but look who came to work in NSYSU’s Institute of Communications,” Facebook user Chang Morgan wrote in the original Facebook post on Wednesday.

Lin Mei-yin, secretary-general of the Association for Coexistence with Macaca Cyclopis, explained that NSYSU sits within the traditional habitat of the Formosan macaque, making them a common sight on campus.

The macaques’ presence does not necessarily mean that they are unable to find food in the wild and male macaques often appear on the campus in the winter to search for new social groups or mates, Lin said.

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NSYSU Senior Vice President Huang I-yu said the university had previously installed protective window screens to deal with the issue and regularly reminds staff not to leave doors open.

The school has also purchased paintball guns and keeps a pack of ten dogs on campus to scare the monkeys away, he said.

In the past, there have been multiple incidents of macaques sneaking into student dorms to steal instant noodles and rifle through their belongings, according to Huang.

Meanwhile, Kaohsiung’s Agriculture Bureau reminded the public to exercise caution around macaques and to avoid feeding, bothering or otherwise making contact with them.

As of Friday evening, the Facebook post had received 6,700 likes and had been shared more than 4,500 times.

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