The unnamed child with his mother in hospital after the attack.
A baby has had a testicle ripped off and eaten by a wild monkey at a Chinese wildlife park.
The child’s mother was changing his nappy in a grassed area when a monkey attacked the eight-month-old. It tore off one of his testicles and ran a short distance before dropping it.
An elderly male zoo visitor chased the animal and tried to retrieve the testicle, but the monkey snatched it back and started eating it as it retreated out of reach.
The child is now recovering in hospital. A doctor said that while the injuries aren’t life threatening, his future reproductive abilities may be affected.
The incident occurred at Guiyang Qianling Wildlife Park in Guìyáng, the capital of the Guizhou province.
The park’s wild monkey population has exploded from around 70 animals to 500 over a few years. Although the animals are fed three times a day by keepers, they often accost visitors for food.
The situation is exacerbated by members of the public who deliberately hand feed the monkeys, despite warnings not to.
Footage by a local station, filmed at the zoo, shows another monkey biting a young girl’s hand as she reached to pat it.
It’s reported that hundreds of park visitors are harmed by the monkeys every month.
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