On 9 January, it was reported that a 2 month-old-baby boy was found sustaining severe injuries after a monkey repetitively bit and dragged him in a house in Kampung Manggis, Sungai Puyu, Butterworth.
The attack took place after the mother placed down her child on a mattress in their living room before proceeding to make milk for her son in the kitchen.
The baby was heard crying loudly shortly after and the mother was horrified to find him in a heartbreaking state.
The baby was on the cement floor covered in blood with the monkey standing by the front door.
A police report was lodged by the 27-year-old woman’s husband on 10 January according to Seberang Perai Utara District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Noorzainy Mohd Noor as reported by Harian Metro.
His report stated that he had returned from work and was shocked to see his son covered in blood with bite marks on his right cheek, back of his head, and abdomen. His son’s intestines also spilled out due to the bite on his stomach.
Noorzainy added that the baby boy was rushed for treatment at Seberang Jaya Hospital (SJH) before being transferred to Penang Hospital (HPP).
The baby boy underwent minor surgery to repair his torn abdomen but will only be allowed to leave after 2 weeks of receiving further necessary treatment in the child’s ward.
Noorzainy was informed that the baby was alone in the living room wearing clothes and disposable diapers. His mother was in the kitchen while his father went out with his other child.
He added that the door of the house was locked and the windows were closed but it is believed that the monkey entered by shaking the door until the latch opened.
According to the investigation conducted, this was the first attack of wild monkeys that left injuries on humans. Based on previous cases, monkeys only caused a mess and disturbed other villager’s kitchens.