Luhaiba was being breastfed in a village close to the Gombe National Park by his mother Shayima when he was snatched away by monkeys that had entered his family home
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A monkey killed a baby one-month-old girl in Tanzania by stealing her mother’s baby.
According to the Daily Mail, Shayima Said had been breastfeeding her infant son Luhaiba near Gombe National Park in Mwamgongo when a gang de monkeys entered the family home.
One of the creatures grabbed the child and took him from his mother. Villagers tried unsuccessfully to take the baby back.
Shayima sustained injuries to his neck and head during the rescue operation. He later died after receiving emergency medical treatment.
James Manyama, a regional commander, described how Luhaiba was rescued from their grasp by local villagers trying to conquer the monkey.
The Citizen in Tanzania reported that Luhaiba then became aggressive, and he was later killed from his injuries.
According to the Daily Mail, Mr Manyama claimed: “She screamed for help and villagers rushed to her house to assist her in getting her child – identified as Luhaiba Said – back from the troop of monkeys.
“When they tried to take him back by force he got injured on the head and the neck.”
Police have advised locals to be cautious around the animals due to their proximity to a national forest.
The commander said: “It should be noted that Mwamgongo village shares a border with Gombe National Park.
“Incidents of animals invading villages are not uncommon.”
It is not known which monkey species it was or how large it was.
The Said Family has not been publicly pictured or made a statement.