A month-old baby boy was killed by a gang of monkeys after they invaded his home in a Tanzania village and snatched him away while his mom was breastfeeding him.

On June 18, Shayima Said was breastfeeding her son, Luhaiba Said, outside their home in Mwamgongo village, when the monkeys took off with the infant.

"The child was with his mother outside their house when a troop of monkeys invaded the house and took him," Kigoma regional police commander James Manyama said, reports The Citizen.

"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."

Villagers managed to track down the monkeys and attempted to rescue the infant from their clutches but he got injured during the horror incident.

"When the villagers came it was too late because the baby was already in the hands of monkeys and when they tried to take him back by force he got injured on the head and the neck," the police commander said.

The baby was eventually freed and was rushed to the hospital where he sadly died while being treated for his injuries, Manyama added.

"It should be noted that Mwamgongo village shares a border with Gombe National Park. Incidents of animals invading villages are not uncommon," the officer said.
 
A similar incident was reported in the Bhagpat village of Meerut, India, where a two-year-old boy was found dead in a water tank, hours after he was taken away from his home by a troop of monkeys.

The toddler, identified as Keshav Kumar was sleeping next to his grandmother in a room on the terrace of their home on Jan. 8, when a troop of monkeys barged in and abducted the boy.

Family members who went looking for the boy found his lifeless body floating in their water tank, hours later.

The police examined surveillance cameras in the area and learned the boy fell into the water tank when the monkey, carrying the boy, made a jump from one terrace to another.

The toddler's parents, Prince and Komal, said the monkeys had tried to abduct the child earlier too, but their attempt was foiled by alert relatives. 

"We didn't expect them to return like this in the dark. We've lost our child," Komal had said.

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