Monday, June 10, 2013

Meanwhile, in Uganda, Chimpanzee Ate Boy's Buttocks

While we often hear the most unbelievable stories coming out of Africa, this one we think actually happened.
A seven-year-old boy is battling for his life at Kamwenge health center IV after a chimpanzee bit off his buttocks in Kibale National Park recently. The boy, identified as Paddy Ankunda, was attacked by the chimpanzee as he was walking along the forest in Kibale National Park in the afternoon together with a colleague identified as Amos Tukundane, 13. According to his colleague, the chimpanzee attacked him from behind as he was moving from his home in Kahungye Parish and when he tried to escape, it overpowered him and grabbed him before eating off his buttocks. The mother of Ankunda, who is currently taking care of him in the hospital, Mary Katusiime, said that she was shocked when she heard that her only son had been attacked by the ape. “I was shocked when I was called by a neighbor who broke the bad news to me. At first, I thought that he had died but when I reached the health center where he had been admitted, I realized that he had lost all the buttocks,” Katusiime said. She appealed to the government to ensure that people neighboring the protected areas are guarded from the apes which she said also attack their crops and destroy them. “We have a very big challenge here because the animals attack us," Katusiime said.

source: New Vision
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