Malaysians got together recently to rescue a puppy which had apparently been “abducted” by a monkey in the Seri Kembangan neighbourhood.
Photographs of the monkey climbing utility poles with the puppy went viral, creating concern among residents over the welfare of the puppy.
Residents took to Facebook and shared photographs of the monkey and puppy to alert others who may have lost their pet.
The photographs showed a helpless black and white puppy carried by the monkey using one arm.
The photographs were soon shared far and wide and many were worried the puppy may be injured, while some said the monkey was merely nurturing it.
Reports in the Chinese media then reported that the puppy was safely rescued by four Malaysians after it was held “captive” for three days.
The puppy was then sent to an animal clinic where it was found to be unharmed, but weak with a slight swelling on its head.
One of the rescuers, Francis Poh, told Oriental Daily that he first thought the photos of animals on the utility wire were fake, until they were verified by friends and netizens.
Many had earlier tried to rescue the puppy, including using fruits to lure the monkey.
Another rescuer Cherry Lew Yee Lee said she met with a Malay woman, who had a loaf of bread with her to attract the monkey, on the day the puppy was rescued.
The rescue mission took 90 minutes and the puppy was finally saved after rescuers threw firecrackers into some bushes under the tree the monkey was on.
Unlike what many thought, the monkey meant no harm to the puppy, but only appeared to have it around as if it was its own child or companion.