Thursday, April 26, 2018
Monkey Dressed As Human Girl Poses As Beggar
A video of a monkey posing as a human being in Bogor, Indonesia, wearing a suffocating mask as it asked drivers for money at the side of the road has evoked mixed reactions.
The monkey was spotted wearing a giant female doll mask complete with pony-tailed blonde hair and sunglasses. He held a blue bucket to collect money, the monkey stood and looked around at the drivers, waiting for anyone who might be willing to give him some change he would then approach the person and collect the money.
Its performance is accompanied by traditional music. The video went viral on social media and has received different reactions. Some called it animal cruelty with one user commenting, “Poor monkey! Chained by his neck and tortured just to please human beings.”
The incident is part of a traditional street performance known as Topeng Monyet, translated as Monkey’s Mask. It’s a controversial form of entertainment that sees captive macaque forced to dress as human and perform stunts such as riding bicycles.
They’re chained by the neck and videos online show them being yanked cruelly whilst performing for the public. Topeng Monyet was banned in Indonesia’s capital city Jakarta after a campaign in 2013.
Many of the monkeys were unable to return to the forests that they were taken from because of severe physical and mental trauma. However, the practice continues throughout Indonesia.