So, it appears fifteen monkeys being kept at Kyoto University's primate research institute used trees as catapults, and launched themselves safely up and over a 17-foot-high electrified fence.
I love that part of the story.
Unfortunately: "The primates appeared unsure as to what to do with their newfound freedom: the monkeys remained by the gates of the research centre and were lured back into captivity by scientists armed with peanuts."
Bah. They were foiled by the yumminess of peanuts. *sulk*
Also, one of the researchers was quoted as saying, "We were extremely surprised by the intelligence and the power they used in order to escape."
I'm unclear as to what kind of research they are doing over there, but after a comment like that, I don't think anyone could convince me they're learning a whole hell of a lot. Because ARE YOU GODDAMN KIDDING ME? They're MONKEYS. Of course they're smart. You put them in a "forest enclosure" and were surprised they figured a way out? I'm just surprised they hadn't escaped sooner.