Actress Raveena Tandon, who recently adopted two stray puppies, has now rescued a monkey she spotted near her Bandra residence here.
When the actress noticed that the monkey had a rope tied around neck, she realised that it was a captive monkey who must have fled from being forced to perform and she rescued it.
Raveena arranged for some treats like grapes and bananas for the monkey, and called People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for help.
The 39-year-old even took to Twitter to post about this monkey.
"A runaway monkey in our home..called the PETA rescue guys," Raveena posted along with a photograph.
The use of bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers and lions for street performances is prohibited by law. Despite the ban, monkeys are used to entertain.
"In fact, the people who were keeping the monkey illegally even came to Raveena's home to take it away, but Raveena didn't let them," said Sachin Bangera, PETA India's manager of media and celebrity projects.
"Monkeys are trained to 'dance' through beatings and food deprivation. Their teeth are often pulled out by the madaris so that the animals cannot defend themselves," he added.
Now PETA has arranged for the monkey to be sent to the Primate Trust India rescue centre in Goa where it will live with other rescued monkeys.