A tragic report from the central Malaysian state of Negri Sembilan has surfaced.
On Wednesday, a macaque monkey entered the home of a four-day-old baby girl, bit and scratched her face, and then dropped her from a roof. The yet-to-be named infant was transported to Tuanku Ja’afar hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The newborn’s mother had left the living room to go to the bathroom and her grandfather stepped out for a glass of water. That is when the macaque entered the room and took the child. It is theorized the monkey dropped the baby after hearing screams from the mother and grandfather searching for her.
The home is described as a single story dwelling near a group of trees often seen with monkeys habitating in them.
BBC News reports that officials say it was the first case of a monkey attack on humans in the state. Humans have taken over more and more of the monkey’s natural habitat. And it is said people are feeding the wild animals, which only serves to encourage monkey-human interaction.
The Wildlife and National Parks department searched for the macaque monkey. Director Ishak Muhamad from the department reported the macaque was shot dead at 4pm when he started acting aggressively.
Presently, there are two theories explaining this horrible event. First, the monkey was hungry and considered the baby a source of food. Second, the monkey was attracted to a female monkey kept as a pet in the home.
Dr. Mohamod Nagh, wildlife reproductive physiologist and director at Zoo Nagara, claims a subordinate male monkey would kill babies in a fight with an alpha male monkey to gain the dominant position in a pack. He further explains, “Animals are not able to differentiate between a human infant and their young. It is not part of their instinct and that is why it is dangerous to keep exotic or wildlife pets at home.”
This adds to the already long list of reasons why wild animals should not be kept as pets.
please note: the monkey pictured is not the monkey killed