Monkey kidnaps and kills month-old baby while his mum was breastfeeding him

A tiny baby has been killed after monkeys broke into a house and snatched him from his mum – while she was breastfeeding him.

The tragedy happened when the troop invaded the house in the Tanzanian village of Mwamgongo, which borders Gombe National Park.

After they snatched Luhaiba Said from his mum, who has been named as Shayima, villagers tried to rescue him from the animals, but he was injured in the process and later died, reports The Citizen.

It happened at about 3pm on Saturday in the Kigoma region of the country. Shayima was sitting outside her house while breastfeeding her baby when the animals invaded.

“It is true. The child was with his mother outside their house when a troop of monkeys invaded the house and took him,” regional police commander James Manyama Kigoma told The Citizen.

“She screamed for help and villagers rushed to her house to assist her in getting her child back from the troop of monkeys.”

But they had to use force to get Luhaiba out of the clutches of the monkeys.

“When the villagers came it was too late because the baby was already in the hands of monkeys, and when they tried to take him back by force he got injured on the head and the neck,” Mr Manyama said.

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The baby was taken to hospital but he died while receiving treatment.

Villagers are used to having problems with animals given the close proximity to the national park.

“It should be noted that Mwamgongo village shares a border with Gombe National Park so incidents of animals invading villages are not uncommon,” said Mr Manyama.

Mischievous monkeys are often on the lookout just for fun, such as when a couple returned to their hotel in Thailand recently to find a couple of the animal having their own party in the hot tub.

But however cute they can seem, they remain wild animals, as the tragic death of Luhaiba has shown.

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