U.S. Soldiers Warned Army Base Could Be Infiltrated By Wild Monkeys

Wild monkeys could easily break into a U.S. Army base in Japan, officials have said in a warning to personnel in a social media post.

Camp Zama, located in Kanagawa Prefecture near the Japanese capital, is once again facing the real risk of being breached by monkeys.

In a Facebook post shared on September 4, the United States Army Garrison Japan warned people to stay away from the monkeys and that they could enter Camp Zama.

The statement read: "To our Camp Zama community. Please be aware that Sagamihara City officials have had reports of wild monkeys in the wooded area just northwest of Camp Zama in between the 900-area housing and the airfield.

"Officials are warning that the monkeys could easily enter the installation, as they have previously.

"Do not try to approach, feed or even make eye contact. And please ensure your children get this message. Japanese officials say it's not uncommon to see wild monkeys, and that they will likely leave the area quickly as they prefer to avoid human contact."

U.S. Army Garrison Japan spokesperson Timothy Flack told Stars and Stripes that officials from the nearby cities of Zama and Sagamihara inform Camp Zama personnel when wild animals are close to the post and housing areas.

He added: "This is not the first time that wild monkeys have been spotted on or near Camp Zama, but fortunately we have not had any incidents involving property damage or injury in the past.

"Our communication with the community is key to avoiding incidents."

Newsweek has contacted the U.S. States Army Garrison Japan for comment.

Located at the former site of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy, Camp Zama has since become a major U.S. base.

Camp Zama has previously been the target of terrorist attacks by a group called the Revolutionary Army, which left explosives at the site in 2002 and 2007.

Metal pipes were found at a park less than a mile from the camp in 2007, a similar case to 2002 where explosives were found in the same location.

Stars and Stripes reported that no one was injured as a result of the explosives being left at the park.

The newspaper reported experts had said radical organizations in the country would not mount a serious attack against U.S. bases and that it is meant to send a political message to Japanese officials.

The monkeys could enter the base again
The monkeys could enter the base again, according to officials, In this photo, Japanese macaque monkeys huddle together in a group to protect themselves against the cold weather at Awajishima Monkey Center on January 18, 2014 in Sumoto, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Buddhika Weerasinghe / Stringer/Getty