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Two-week-old puppy snatched by wild monkey and held hostage for three days

Saru, a two-week-old dog, was grabbed by the primate and taken to the top of an electricity post in Taman Lestari Putra, Malaysia. After three days, locals rescued the puppy

Puppy taken hostage by a wild monkey for three days

A puppy was kidnapped and held hostage by a monkey for three days before rescuers finally managed to save him.

Saru, a two-week-old dog, was grabbed by the primate and taken to the top of an electricity post in Taman Lestari Putra, Malaysia, on Thursday last week.

When residents noticed what happened, they gathered at the location and tried to rescue the dog.

They said the primate was part of a group of monkeys known for stealing food from houses – and raised concerns that they were now taking pets too as cats and dogs had been missing from their homes.



The monkey kept the puppy hostage for three days
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The monkey escaped along electricity lines
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Initially, the monkey managed to escape by fleeing along electricity lines and into trees.

As more locals arrived to help, the monkey retreated back to the jungle but returned again to find food while still clutching the small dog in its arms.

On the third day, locals finally rescued the dog.



Three days later, residents managed to rescue the dog
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They said they scared the monkey by pelting it with small rocks and wood until it dropped Saru into the bushes and then escaped through the trees.

Onlooker Cherry Lew Yee Lee said: “The puppy looked tired and weary but the monkey did not seem to hurt it. The monkey was just holding the puppy while it moved around.

“It looked like it was treating the puppy as a friend or its baby, it was very strange.

“However, we still needed to save the poor dog because it appeared to have been starving.”



A wild monkey kidnapped a small dog in Malaysia
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The dog was adopted by a resident after being rescued
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A local took Saru home to check for injuries and feed him before he was adopted.

Locals believe the dog was a stray puppy and that the monkey snatched him from litter in the neighbourhood.

There were no reports of injuries during the incident and the monkey escaped after releasing the dog.







The Malaysian government receives an average of 3,800 complaints from the public about monkeys nationwide every year.

The country’s wildlife department launched a mass culling programme with up to 70,000 macaques killed annually between 2013 and 2016.


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