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Bike-riding monkey attacks, drags Indonesian toddler – VIDEO

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A video showing a monkey grabbing and dragging a toddler along a street in Indonesia has gone viral, leaving netizens around the world arguing over what actually happened. Was it a simian kidnap, a monkey mucking around, or a hungry monkey with evil intentions? Asiaone reports that the incident occurred in Surabaya, Indonesia last week.

The clip shows the monkey zooming down the street on a miniature motorbike and crashing  into a group of children sitting on a bench. It jumps off the bike and starts dragging a baby girl away by the arm.

Seconds later, the monkey releases the girl who gets up and stumbles back to safety. Although she escaped with only minor abrasions on the forehead, the young girl was traumatised by the incident.

Since the clip went viral, there has been an avalanche of speculation as to what actually happened. Some Twitter users say it was an attempt to abduct the child for human trafficking.

But some sharp-eyed viewers noticed what appears to be a rope around the monkey’s neck and pointed out that it was clearly being dragged, shifting the attention to the issue of animal cruelty.

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It turns out that the monkey was part of a traditional street performance known as topeng monyet (masked monkey). Performances typically involve a long-tailed monkey performing tricks for money while wearing a doll mask. The monkey’s motivations, and those of its owner, remain unclear.

Animal rights groups, including the Jakarta Animal Aid Network, have campaigned for years to have such shows banned due to the abuse that the monkeys suffer under their handlers. But their efforts have seen limited success: the shows were banned in some places like Jakarta in 2013 but not in others like Surabaya.

SOURCES: Chiang Rai Times | asiaone

 

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    Alex

    Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 12:51 am

    Monkey business! Are you sure it’s not a coconut picking monkey? Could be revenge…

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    Brent Amini

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Bos kabar transfernya boleh juga. Kecuali info Barcelona dan Juventus, boleh juga bro info bola Liga Inggrisnya!

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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