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Heart-stopping footage shows the moment a puppy was rescued after being kidnapped and held hostage for three days by a wild monkey.
The two-week-old black and white puppy, named Saru, was grabbed by the primate and taken to the top of an electricity post and then into the trees in Taman Lestari Putra, Malaysia on September 16.
Footage shows the moment residents in the neighbourhood noticed the situation and began gathering at the location.
The man shooting the footage says that the puppy seems to be suffocating as it writhes around in discomfort, high up in the trees.
"You can hear the puppy crying," he says, as yelps can be heard coming from the poor pup.
"Oh my God he's coming," exclaims a woman as a group try to coax the primate out of the trees with bananas.
Eventually, a man throws what appears to be a firecracker towards the monkey, startling it so that it drops the dog into the thick bush below.
The bus breaks its fall and the group celebrate upon saving the puppy.
They said the monkey was part of a wild monkey gang known for stealing food from houses and now suspected of taking people's pets from their homes.
Concerned residents finally rescued the pooch three days later on September 18 by scaring the monkey until it dropped the pooch into bushes below.
The monkey then made an escape into 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."
Cherry and her neighbours went to the area where the monkey was last spotted three times but they were always being outrun by the animal, which fled along electricity lines, 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.
The dog was taken home by a kind-hearted nearby resident to check for injuries and feed it. It was believed to be a stray puppy snatched from a litter in the neighbourhood.
The Malaysian government receives an average of 3,800 complaints from the public about monkeys nationwide every year prompting the country's wildlife department to devise a mass culling program with up to 70,000 macaques killed annually between 2013 and 2016.
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