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Japanese restaurant gets monkey butlers

A Japanese restaurant has taken an unusual approach to employing
waiters - they have two trained monkeys who wait on their clientele.

The Kayabukiya tavern, a sake house just north of Tokyo, employs the
two macaques to help out their more traditional human waiters.

The macaques, called Yat-chan and Fuku-chan, are tipped by the
cutstomers with boiled soya beans.

Yat-chan, aged twelve, is the more experienced of the two - he takes
customers' drinks orders and brings them to their table.

Fuku-chan, who is younger, isn't up to taking orders yet, but hands the
customers hot towels.

Kaoru Otsuka, 63, the owener of the tavern, originally kept the monkeys
as pets - but then noticed how they began copying his actions in the
restuarant, and so set them to work as waiters.

Otsuka is currently hoping to train three baby monkeys as the next
generation of waiters.
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