A Twelve-days- old baby boy has died after he was snatched from his mother and bitten by a monkey on the outskirts of Agra in northern India.
The Times of India reports that the infant’s mother, Neha, was breastfeeding the baby named Arush when the animal entered the house and grabbed him from the mother.
The baby’s father Yogesh, an auto-rickshaw driver, told the newspaper that they chased the monkey but it was too late.
“The main door of the house was open, and my wife was breastfeeding our son, suddenly a monkey barged inside our house and grabbed the child by his neck, “Yogesh said.
“Before Neha could understand anything, the monkey took away our son.
“After a chase, the monkey left our son on a neighbour’s roof but it was too late, Arush was heavily bleeding and had no pulse.”
“We took him to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead”, the father added.
Dhirendra Kumar, the baby’s uncle, told the BBC: “There are too many monkeys in the area. We live in fear.
“We have told the administration so many times to help us but they haven’t done anything. The mother of the baby is too distraught to even speak.”
The infant was the couple’s only child. They have been married for two years.
Police officer Atbir Singh told the Times that the baby sustained grave injuries to its skull and neck.
He also said another infant had been attacked by a monkey in the area two months ago. That baby survived but remains in hospital.