October 7 2010 - Yahoo reported
A Macaque monkey caused the death of a 4-day old newborn last Thursday October 7 2010.
While she slept in her living room it's believed the monkey entered in quest for food. The single storey home central to Negri Sembilan is where the animal entered, abducted, wounded, then killed the infant. In its attempt to flee in midst of kidnapping her the monkey bit her then dropped her. The bite wounds left serious scratches both on the baby's face and neck, as reported by the Malaysia's Star and The New Straits Times newspapers.
In sharing of the family's story the baby's grandfather Mr. Valayutham a 70-year-old shared that the baby was only out of eye-shot for a few minutes in order that he could retrieve a glass of water saying,
"We frantically searched all over the house and saw her body covered in blood lying outside the house." He also made note of having seen a few monkeys in the area in and around the time of the fatal event.
Authorities located the Macaque shortly after it fleeing and proceeded to shoot it, subsequently concluding it's life. Wildlife and National Parks Director, Ishak Muhamad stated,
"We suspect the Macaque was rummaging for food inside the house. It could have taken the baby to the roof thinking the newborn was food. The baby died when it fell to the ground. The monkey had apparently released the newborn, probably because it was alarmed by the parents' shouts."
The baby's father said,
"She was our bundle of joy and we were looking forward to spending many happy years with her. I just cannot believe she's gone."
Sadly marking an end to an unfortunate and far to short life story for one baby girl also proves to be a clear view of an example of paying the most dire of consequences for one Macaque monkey. Macaques, common to Malaysia urban areas pose grave threat if in fact hungry enough and are known to become quite aggressive and bold which could result ending in a home invasion much like that described here.
Further reminding us as to how short and fragile life is lending caution for our need to be extra vigilant in the measures we take in order to ensure our own and others protection.