A man in Malaysia has been slammed after he allegedly painted this monkey bright red and left it tied up in a cage as seen here.
Other footage shows the monkey being released back into the wild by an unnamed man while apparently still covered in red paint.
The incident reportedly took place somewhere in Malaysia, although it is currently unclear where exactly.
The footage was shared online by a local animal rights organisation called the Malaysia Animal Association (Persatuan Haiwan Malaysia), where it caused outrage with netizens.
They said: “Painting monkeys is becoming more and more popular in this country. Every year, several cases of this tyranny are reported.”
They also said: “The perpetrator who painted the monkey did not think about the life and safety of this primate when faced with its colony later.
“He will be injured and may even be killed as a result of the attack of its colony who no longer recognises their painted friend.”
Newsflash spoke to PETA Vice President Mimi Bekhechi and she said: “Drenching a monkey in paint is an appalling act of cruelty to animals, and if not quickly found and treated, this monkey may be poisoned by or have a fatal allergic reaction to the paint – in addition to being a glaring target for predatory animals.
“Whoever set him free, even if they had the best of intentions, likely sent him to his death – which is why it’s imperative for people who witness cruelty to animals to report it urgently to authorities to ensure that the victims receive the necessary specialist care and that the perpetrators are caught and dealt with to the fullest extent of the law before they subject any other animals to a similarly dreadful fate.”
It is currently unclear if the incident is being investigated by the local authorities.