Luckily, the secretly filmed video went viral, and animal advocates urged local authorities to pursue the kidnappers and ensure the monkey's safety. PETA reported the incident, and 10 days after the monkey was torn from his family, the four alleged culprits were caught and are in custody.
After the traumatizing incident, the monkey is being cared for by forest authorities, but animal advocates are urging that he be returned as soon as possible to his family.
"This terrified monkey has already suffered greatly from the trauma of being stolen from family members and needs to be re-united with them immediately," PETA campaign strategist Nikunj Sharma said in a statement provided to The Dodo. "PETA commends the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and the Maharashtra Forest Department for quickly stepping into action, nabbing the alleged culprits and rescuing the monkey."