In a bizarre incident, a group of monkeys appear to have killed a month-old baby after snatching it from its mother in Mwamgongo, western Tanzania. At the time of the incident, the baby called Luhaiba was being breastfed by his mother Shayima. The monkeys, which appeared to have invaded the property, grabbed the boy. During the incident, the boy suffered head and neck injuries. He appears to have died during emergency medical treatment. In an attempt to save Luhaiba from the apes, villagers tried to use force, regional commander James Manyama said.
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Seeing this, the animals lashed out at the child and killed him, Tanzanian newspaper ‘The Citizen’ reported. Manyama said: “She cried out for help and the villagers rushed to her house to help her retrieve her child – identified as Luhaiba Said – from the troop of monkeys. When they tried to take him back by strength, he was injured in the head and neck.”
“It should be noted that Mwamgongo village shares a border with Gombe National Park. Incidents of animal invasions in villages are not uncommon,” the commander added.
(With agency contributions)
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