Heartbreaking images of baby gibbons chained up in tiny cages shines a light on monkeys being sold as pets via social media 

The capture of infant gibbons is decimating the wild population in Malaysia. It is estimated that for every baby gibbon that is taken, 10 die.

Many gibbons are traded via social media and are marketed through dedicated groups. 

Infant gibbons form a close bond with their primary carer, whether that is their parent or a human, which makes them vulnerable. 

However by the time the gibbon is a year old it is increasingly independent and can become destructive if kept indoors without enough stimulation and space. 

As a result these gibbons are often abandoned and left to fend for themselves, despite having no experience of living in the wild.