HILARIOUS footage has caught the moment a sneaky monkey robbed a girl of her mobile phone – as well as the food she held in her hand.
The tragic yet comical instant was filmed by one of the hiker’s friends, who also tried but failed to stop the speedy primate.
The video now going viral on Chinese social media platforms with several hundred thousand shares was captured on a popular hiking trail at Mount Emei in Sichuan.
Considered one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains, the mountain attracts countless visitors all year round.
The footage of the incident, the hikers can be seen approaching a group of monkeys who had come down a hillside to interact with the tourists at Mount Emei – which peaks at 3,099 metres (10,167 feet).
The macaque gratefully grabs the food in the girl’s left hand, but suddenly snatches her mobile phone and runs off – all of which occurs in just four short seconds.
The tourist shouts “My phone! My phone!” but the pair are unable to catch the alpha male, who had taken with him a valuable yet impractical prize into the forest.
An unnamed employee at Mount Emei was quoted as saying: “We have been searching for the phone as best we can, but so far we’ve come up empty.
Park officials reminded visitors to take better care of their personal belongings, and that they cannot be held responsible for any lost – or stolen – items.