A CITY is being terrorized by a gang of savage monkeys with more than 40 people left covered in bites and scratches in an ongoing rampage.
Horror pictures show a baby mutilated by the crazed creatures, with authorities in Yamaguchi, Japan, forced to turn to tranquillizer guns to catch the out-of-control macaques.
At least 42 adults and children have suffered injuries so far as the manic monkeys continue their reign of chaos in the city as cops ramp up their hunt.
Police have been patrolling the area since the first reported attack in Jearly July – but have yet to snare any rogue monkeys.
Japanese macaques are common across large parts of the country, but such assaults are usually rare.
A city official from the agricultural department told AFP: “All of Yamaguchi city is surrounded by mountains and it’s not rare to see monkeys.
“But it’s rare to see this many attacks in a short period of time.”
At least eight people are understood to have been attacked over the weekend – including a teenage girl after a monkey smashed through a screen window.
Amid the madness, a monkey slide open a fly screen and clawed at a tiny baby earlier this month.
The baby’s mum told local TV: “I was vacuuming in the living room and heard the sound of my baby crying loudly.
“When I went in to check there was a monkey pulling the baby across the floor as if trying to make off with it.”
She added: “It’s pretty scary that the monkey can open fly screens and just get into homes.
“I would like to see it caught as soon as possible.”
For the most part, injuries have been so far mild – but authorities have decided to turn tranquilizer guns after traps they set failed to catch any monkeys.
The official added: “Initially only children and women were attacked. Recently elderly people and adult men have been targeted too.”
Authorities are still unsure whether the brutal attacks are the work of multiple monkeys or a single pesky primate.
Cops launched an urgent hunt for one crazed monkey in the city after it injured 18 people in a ten-day rampage.
The beast even managed to make its way into a primary school on July 11 and scratched one of the pupils.
Three days later, the monkey crept into a nearby nursery through a toilet window and bit a sleeping four-year-old girl on the foot.
Other victims of the rampage included two elderly women.
One of them was attacked while she was hanging washing out on her balcony.
And early on July 17, the deranged monkey slid open another fly screen and launched an attack on a four-year-old girl.
The following day, the primate chomped on a woman’s feet after ripping through the fly screen on her balcony.
There are estimated to be more than 100,000 wild Japanese macaques – and they are occasionally known to enter towns and cities.
In 2013, the city of Hyuga in Miyazaki reportedly paid £120 compensation to 18 victims after a macaque went on a similar wild rampage.
And a homeowner whose property was damaged during the hunt for the monkey was reportedly also awarded £1,800.
It comes after a troop of killer monkeys threw a four-month-old baby to his death after snatching him from his mother.
Dad Nirdesh Upadhyay, 25, had been on his three-story roof terrace with his wife and son at their home in Bareilly, India when the animals took the dead.
Despite their efforts to drive them away, the animals surrounded the terrified trio and continued to taunt them.
Nirdesh made a desperate bid for freedom and ran towards the stairs with his four-month-old son – but he slipped through his hands.
The dad then immediately tried to scoop his newborn baby back into the safety of his arms as his mother watched on in horror.
But one of the monkeys beat them to it – and mercilessly launched the dead from the three-story roof.
The little boy tragically died, according to reports.
Brutal monkey gang are ‘UNSTOPPABLE’ as victims rise to 42 and horrifying photos show mutilated BABY