Chimpanzee mauls child in Hoima

A five-year-old boy child has been operated on at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital after being attacked by a chimpanzee at Mparangasi Village in Kyabigambire Sub-county in Hoima District.

John Alinaitwe was severely injured in the stomach when the chimpanzee attacked him on Tuesday afternoon, according to his grandfather, Mr Julius Wamani.

Mr Wamani told this website that his grandson had gone to fetch water together with his siblings from a shallow well when the animal mauled him at around 12pm.

He said after being attacked, the siblings decided to run back home and later informed a man who was tending to his garden adjacent to the water source and in turn rushed to rescue the child.

“After being informed of the attack, the man ran very fast to the water source and rescued Jonah from the chimpanzee. Unfortunately, the chimpanzee had already bitten the young boy on the stomach and the intestines were out” Mr Wamani said.

Alinaitwe was later rushed to Hoima Regional Referral Hospital where he was admitted and operated on last (Thursday) evening.

“We are at Hoima Hospital for treatment. But we are not financially stable. For this reason, we ask the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to support us financially,” Mr Wamani continued.

This is the second time chimpanzees injuring children in the village in three weeks.

Last month, a chimpanzee attacked and took a baby up a tree after people gathered to salvage him before it finally let go of him.

However, the baby sustained injuries following the fall and is currently admitted at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital.

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