A trained monkey wears a mask, above, and looks at himself in a mirror, below during a Topeng Monyet (Monkey Mask) show, a traditional Indonesian street performance, in east Jakarta April 25, 2011. Karmini, a monkey trainer who has four trained monkeys, said his group can collect $10 a day for their performance. While the practice is described as "traditional," and viewed fondly by some, others in Indonesia consider it a cruel abuse of animal rights. Here is a 2008 op-ed in the Jakarta Post expressing that view. More photos follow, including one that shows the performing monkey's dwelling, where he lives with his owner/trainer. (all images via REUTERS/Beawiharta)
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