Cage in ‘Baby Sayang’ monkey shooting case found in river

The teenager fired a shot at the caged monkey and recorded a video of the act which went viral on social media.

LUMUT: Police have recovered the cage in which a monkey was shot by a teenager in Sitiawan last week.

Perak police chief Razarudin Husain said the cage was found in a river close to where the incident happened, but the animal carcass had not been found.

“The cage was used to trap the wild monkey. We believe the motive was to kill the animal but the suspect took a wrong approach,” he said when contacted here today.

A 19-second video recording widely shared online shows a man shooting the monkey on May 18 and is heard asking the animal to call him “Baby Sayang”. The shooting received widespread condemnation from social media users.

Following the incident, police arrested a teenager and his father, an entrepreneur, who is the owner of the gun, at their residence in Taman Kenangan, Sitiawan.

Their remand order ended today and they have been released on police bail.

Razarudin said the investigation was almost complete and the papers would be referred to the deputy public prosecutor’s office for charges to be preferred in court.