The last thing that anyone expects from a visit to the zoo is a brutal animal attack. For one mother in a central China Zoo, that is the reality. Earlier this month a mother at a Chinese Zoo removed her son’s soiled diaper to change it, at which point, one of the wild monkeys that roam the zoo ran up, ripped off one of the child’s testicles, and ran off only to eat it, reports the Daily Mail.
Video footage reveals a park visitor successfully retrieved the baby’s severed testicle, but that the monkey quickly snatched it from his hand and ate it before it could be tackled.
Qianling Park is known for allowing its substantial monkey population to roam free, reports Gawker.
Though the boy has sustained only non life threatening injuries, both the boy and mother are justly traumatized by this incredibly violent attack. The monkey population at the zoo has skyrocketed in recent years and there are several instances of reported attacks each year. Though visitors are warned to steer clear of these potentially dangerous animals, no matter how cute they may be, visitors still feed, try to pet, and get too close to the primates which solicits many of the attacks.
The eight month old is currently undergoing treatment to insure that the animal transmitted no diseases and is being treated for his injuries.
The child is doing well but perhaps this will insure stricter standards for dealing with the primates. Though getting rid of these wild monkeys all together is not an option, public outreach may help in keeping visitors away from the monkeys.
Last month, a different Chinese zoo made headiness for trying to pass off a dog as a full-size African lion. This incident, of course, is much, much worse.
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