Monkey kills newborn after grabbing baby from breastfeeding mom

Sergio Conner
November 15, 2018

The infant's mother was breastfeeding him at home in the city of Agra when the animal entered the house and grabbed him.

An infant has died in India after a monkey snatched him from his mother's arms.

The baby died of his injuries at a local hospital.

Monkey bites are the second most common attacks by animals in the South Asian country, after dogs.

Dhirendra Jumas, the baby's uncle, told the BBC the family was heartbroken and the baby's mother is distraught.

"Monkeys are everywhere in Agra", he said.

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The conference on monkey menace also passed a resolution, demanding adequate compensation to the victims of monkey attacks.

There have been a string of incidents in Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal.

Local environmental activist Shravan Kumar Singh said monkeys were becoming increasingly aggressive as they had been displaced from natural habitats, destroyed by the expanding city. Relevantly, two months ago, another toddler was attacked in the same colony by a monkey, however the victim survived and is now in hospital. "They are in all the five railway stations in the city, in hospitals, hotels and roads".

"They threw stones at the monkey to force it to drop the baby but by the time he abandoned it, he had already attacked him severely on the face", Abhishek was quoted as saying.

Following the elderly woman's death, locals took out marches and held a meeting Wednesday night, demanding monkeys be excluded from the list of protected species under the Wild Life Act of 1972.

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