A two-weeks old baby was just peacefully sleeping under a mosquito net in the eastern state of Odisha in India on Friday when his shocked mother saw him being snatched by what she believes was a monkey. Unfortunately, she was not fast enough to go after the animal to retrieve and save her baby. After rescue and search operations undertaken by the authorities, the baby was later found drowned in a well.
Authorities describe the baby-snatcher as a rhesus macaque, a species with a reddish-pink face common across India. The mother saw the monkey take away her fragile baby and immediately raised alarm about the situation, but the monkey proved to be too quick as he jumped over the roof and vanished out of sight.
Police sub-inspector S M Baral said they launcheda search for the baby with the help of forest officers. Unfortunately, the baby was spotted inside a well already dead. Authorities believe the monkey may have dropped the baby into the well.
There were no injury marks on the baby. A post-mortem also showed the infant died of asphyxia due to drowning.
No case was filed or charges lodged since the family of the baby is convinced it was a monkey that was responsible for the death of the baby.
Local media reports also say that monkeys are increasingly becoming a nuisance in the area where the baby was taken. In March last year, schools were forced to close in Odisha’s Kendrapada district because of frequent monkey attacks.
Also on that same month, a government employee died from head injuries after a monkey jumped at him from a tree.
Monkeys are revered in most of Hindu nation, but are becoming such a menace in many cities, viciously attacking people for food and causing damage to property by trashing gardens and office and residential rooftops.
Activists on the other hand blame the invasion of the animal’s natural habitats by urban populations as the cause of the problem.
Authorities have yet to clarify how they plan to better respond to the problem and how they can balance the safety of the residents and the welfare of the animals as well.
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