Newborn Baby Snatched And Killed By Wild Monkey

The 12-day-old boy was snatched from his mother's arms and killed by a monkey in northern India.

The boy was being breastfed by his mother inside their Agra home when the macaques monkey took him.

Locals found the baby badly bitten on a roof after chasing the monkey, but he later died from his injuries.

The boy's family is "heartbroken" said a relative. Image: Getty

The family said they live in constant fear of monkeys the BBC reported.

"There are too many monkeys in the area. We live in fear. We have told the administration so many times to help us but they haven't done anything,"  Dhirendra Kumar, the boy's uncle, said.

"The mother of the baby is too distraught to even speak."

The baby's death has left the family heartbroken and they will "never recover", said his grandmother Pushpa Devi.

Pushpa Devi, the boy's grandmother. Image: Yogesh Kumar Singh

"I have lost my grandson. Just a few hours before the monkey attacked our baby, I had him in my arms. Our baby didn't have to die," she said.

"People will talk about it for a while and then forget it. But we have to live with the reality that our baby is gone."

Police said the baby had been "badly mauled" by the monkey, who only let go of the child when locals threw stones at it.

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Macaques monkeys sit on a wall overlooking people on a street in Agra. Image: Getty

"The monkey bit the infant's head and only dropped him when people chased it with sticks and threw stones at it," Ajay Kaushal, a local officer, told Reuters.

The growing monkey population is a concern in Agra as they become increasingly vicious said local environmentalist Shravan Kumar Singh.

"They come in search of food, but they snatch and attack as well," he told Reuters.

In May, two tourists were attacked by monkeys at the Taj Mahal.