An eight-day-old baby has died after being snatched from her bed by a group of monkeys who then threw her in a moat, according to reports.
A mum was devastated to find her newborn twin girls gone from their beds after a pack of primates invaded her home on Saturday.
Locals spotted the animals carrying the babies across rooftops – and managed to rescue one of the baby girls after she was left on a roof.
Tragically, the other baby girl was later recovered from a nearby moat and pronounced dead at the scene.
The shock incident took place in Mela Alangam (West Rampart) near Thanjavur Palace in India.
India Today reports: “Buvaneswari, the mother of newborn twin girls, alleged that monkeys entered her home and picked up the sleeping babies on Saturday.
“Buvaneswari further said she was shocked to see the monkeys on the roof and began yelling. It was only later that she realised that her children were missing.
“As she began to cry, neighbours came to help and reportedly retrieved one baby from the roof but couldn't find the other one.
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"Moments later, the other baby was found in a nearby water body. Medical team which reached the spot pronounced the child dead."
Inspector S Chandramohan of Thanjavur West police told the Times of India: “Once we got the information about the incident, we rushed to the spot and searched for the second baby.
"We finally located the infant on the moat. We have sent the body to the Government Medical College Hospital for postmortem."
Times Now News reports that the monkeys fore slates off the roof of the home in order to kidnap the sleeping babies.
A Thanjavur forest ranger named G Jothikumar declared kidanppings by monkeys as the “rarest of rare”.
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While attacks by monkeys on humans in India are rare, they are not impossible.
It is believed 50 million animals live in the country – with 13 deaths being linked to attacks by monkeys over the past six years.
While Vice reports that 1,000 monkey bites are reported every day in Indian cities.
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