WATCH: Monkey on bike drags away toddler
A bizarre clip has surfaced showing the moment a monkey on a tiny bike snatches a toddler and drags the child down the street.
But the footage, thought to be filmed in Indonesia, may be part of a more sinister form of street entertainment, social media users have claimed.
In the clip, a monkey can be seen speeding down an alley before approaching a group sat on a bench with a toddler.
The monkey then abandons the bike and clings onto the youngster, dragging the child several metres.
When somebody dashes in to rescue the child, the monkey runs away.
Jasa Supanji, who took the video, told Storyful the child was fine.
According to Indonesian news reports, the animal is thought to have been involved in a form of street entertainment.
And this theory was backed up by social media users, with one Reddit user suggesting it could be quite sinister.
They wrote: "OK so what really happens is those monkeys get put on a toy bike (that doesn't have an engine) and a collar with a rope on it.
"The owner then yanks the cord so the monkey flies from one end of the street to the other while steering.
"Pretty cruel and that's probably why the monkey is so strung out. You can see the owner trying to pull back on the cord and he pulls the monkey while it hangs on to the kid, and in the start yanking the cord to propel the bike."
Once the theory was shared, users flooded the comments section.
One remorseful watcher wrote: "Wow, I just rewatched it, and, yes, I absolutely saw the cord. Gross! So that sort of explains why the other guy was filming … he was the 'training' session. That's so sad."
Another wrote: "The monkey isn't trying to pull the kid with it, it's just trying to grab onto something so it doesn't get pulled away."
This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission
Originally published as Monkey on bike drags away toddler