Monkey Snatches, Kills Baby in Agra, India

A monkey looks for food on the polluted banks of the Yamuna river next to the historic Taj Mahal in Agra

"The main door of the house was open and my wife was breastfeeding our son", the 12-day-old baby's father was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

"Monkey attacks have become so frequent that women and children are reluctant to move around freely", he said.

The family then took the boy to another hospital, after not being able to digest the news but doctors there also confirmed he child had died.

The baby named Sunny was found in a terrace adjacent to his mother, Neha's house and was pronounced dead on arrival to hospital.

The monkey snatched the baby from the mother and bit it on the face causing fatal injuries.

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A 58-year-old woman died after being attacked by simians when she had gone out of her house to relieve herself at Thok Mohalla here, two days after an infant was killed by a monkey in the city.

Stones were thrown at the monkey to enable it drop the baby, reports MIRROR UK.

A toddler who was attacked by monkeys two months ago is still recovering in a hospital, the BBC reported. "The mother immediately raised cries for help but the creature fled with the baby and disappeared from her view", police officer PC Pradhan said.

Monkey bites are the second most common attacks by animals in the South Asian country, after dogs. "They come in search of food, but they snatch and attack as well", he said.

The baby's uncle, Dhirendra Kumar, said that the infant's family are heartbroken by the loss and that they now "live in fear" of the growing number of monkeys. Some local organizations have called for monkeys to be sterilized and excluded from wildlife protection legislation, Singh added.

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