Members of the Kyamajaka village, Muhorro town council , Uganda, on Sunday rescued a five- month -old baby girl , Rachael Karungi, who was kidnapped by a troupe of chimpanzees .
According to the mother of the little girl , Oliver Kemigisa, who spoke to New Vision , the incident happened a few minutes after 5 pm on Sunday when she was preparing dinner at their home.
Kemigisa said she had left the baby with another baby in the verandah , while she moved a few meters away to cook.
She said she heard the babies crying and when she turned around , she saw over 20 chimpanzees surrounding the babies . One had already picked Karungi and the others also aiming at the three-year- old boy as he cried .
She said that she wrestled with the chimpanzees for the boy as she raised an alarm. She managed to save the boy , but the primates ran away with Karungi.
“ When I saw that they (chimpanzees ) wanted to take my other child , I became firm and fought them . That is how I saved the boy , ” said Kemigisa.
She said that Karungi was taken into the nearby bush, but residents turned up immediately and began chasing them . The animals had hidden the baby in the grass after removing the skirt she was wearing.
When the baby was discovered , she was unconscious and was immediately rushed to Muhorro Health centre III, where she is currently admitted.
She said that on a daily basis , these chimpanzees traverse the area in search of food and they usually chase people .
Source: Punch Metro.