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08 October 2010 :: 15:10:22 pm 43181

Four-day-old Malaysian Baby Killed by Macaque Monkey

A four-day-old girl snatched from her home by a macaque monkey has died after the aggressive primate bit and then dropped the baby from the families home in Malaysia.
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Malaysia, the 7th of October 2010: The four-day-old was sleeping in the living room of her home in the central Malaysian state of Negeri Sembilan when a macaque monkey snatched her from a baby chair.

The baby had been briefly left alone by her mother V Tevathy [26] who had gone to the bathroom, while the child grandfather had gone to get a glass of water.

“We frantically searched all over the house and saw her body covered in blood lying outside the house,” the child’s grandfather A Valayutham told the Star newspaper.

The baby had serious bite and scratch marks on her ears, neck and head. The newborn, which had not been named yet, died on her way to hospital.

“She was our bundle of joy and we were looking forward to spending many happy years with her… I just cannot believe she’s gone,” said V Neru, the baby’s father.

Wildlife officials said the monkey had probably been searching for food in what is the first such attack reported on a human in the state of Negeri Sembilan. Officials also revealed that the involved monkey had since been killed.

Assistant wildlife official Mohd Zafifi Ramli told the BBC that macaque monkeys were breeding too fast in Malaysia. With the country rapidly developing, he said, there was less forest for wild animals to live in. Mr Zafifi said the monkeys were also attracted to urban areas because many people fed them.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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