A loose monkey being sought by authorities in China's Hunan Province was caught on camera scaling the side of an apartment building to elude pursuers.

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The footage recorded Monday shows the macaque scale the side of the building before settling for a few minutes on a resident's balcony to survey its surroundings.

The prowling primate eventually fled the area and is still being sought by animal control officials.

Authorities said the origin of the monkey remains unknown.