By Damien Gayle
Last updated at 3:46 PM on 22nd July 2011
This ape made a monkey of Chinese villagers
who feared it was a visitor from another world.
Locals panicked when Mao Xiping, a housewife
from the village of Gezhai, in Henan province, central China, found the scraggy
simian stealing cucumbers from her flat.
She thought it was a harmless rabbit, until
she noticed it had an 'alien face' and her neighbours agreed it was like nothing
they had ever seen before.
Visitor from another world: A Chinese housewife caught
this atrophied ape stealing cucumbers from her flat - and called the
An alarmed Mrs Mao rang police for help. But
officers thought she was monkeying around until she trapped the animal and took
it to the police station.
She took it in caged in a washing basket and
demanded that officers place it under arrest.
Experts were last night examining the
malnourished monkey, which was so thin its ribs could be seen through its
Frightened: Mrs Mao captured the monkey and took it to the
Mrs Mao said: 'At first I thought it was a
rabbit, then I was shocked to see it had an alien face.
'My neighbours agreed it was like nothing we'd
'It stopped eating cucumbers when we gave it
peaches - now it won't eat anything else.'
Feed me! Now the malnourished monkey has developed a
hankering for peaches - while officers search for its