Monkey kills newborn after snatching from mother’s arms in India

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A 12-day-old baby from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, in India, was killed by a monkey after being snatched from the arms of his breastfeeding mother inside their home.

"Before [we] could understand anything, the monkey took away our son. They come in search of food, but they snatch and attack as well", he said.

It left him on a neighbour's roof with bite injuries after being chased by locals.

'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'.

The baby was taken to a local hospital, but was declared dead on arrival.

According to the police, the monkey had bitten the baby on the face, neck and inflicted several other injuries with its claws.

Despite the desperate efforts to rescue the little boy, his body was recovered from the terrace of an adjacent house.

The baby's father, an auto-rickshaw driver who gave his name as Yogesh, told the Times of India: "The main door of the house was open and my wife was breastfeeding our son". That baby survived but remains in hospital.

Monkey attacks are common in India, with the primates get int the spotlight in recent weeks for stoning a 72-year-old man to death.

In Central Delhi, government offices are surrounded by dozens of monkeys swinging from the trees or lounging in the sun on the sidewalk.

Mr Singh said a growing group of organisations and individuals want the government to step in and control the population of the monkeys.

Currently, there are over 25,000 monkeys in the city, according to municipal corporation officials.

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