By A Correspondent- A 6 year old girl from Shurugwi was recently hospitalized after she was mauled by a baboon on the buttocks.
Helen Chakauya was reportedly attacked on Sunday by a cheeky baboon in a troop marauding the mining town.
Circumstances leading to the accident are that Helen was playing with other children outside the house when a troop of baboons came running their way. Helen and the other children panicked and ran towards the house but one baboon turned on Helen, lifted her up, chewed her buttocks before throwing her into the air.
The baboon ran away and left her lying on the ground.
Helen was immediately rushed to Makarima Hospital where she is currently admitted. She sustained deep wounds during the attack.
The doctors who attended to her had to cut out some flesh from parts of her body to fill up the wounds.
Speaking during an interview with The Mirror, Helen’s father, Lesson Chakauya said as a family, they are still perplexed by the whole incident as he revealed that this was the first time in the area that a baboon had bitten a human being. He appealed for US$200 so that his daughter can get the necessary treatment.
“Helen needs three injections and one is going for US$140 while the other two go for US$30 each. I don’t have the kind of money, I have approached the Social Welfare Department and I am appealing to anyone who can help. Her wound is so deep that doctors had to cut flesh from some parts of her body to fill up the wound,” he said.
In an almost similar development, a couple of months ago an 8-year-old boy from Zaka was attacked by a Hyena during an all-night prayer meeting.
Rodwell Ngomazana was under the custody of his grandmother, Martha Sasikayi, 62, at an all-night prayer meeting when he was mauled on his face by a hyena.
He was severely disfigured during the hyena attack.
He recently received a new prosthetic nose following facial reconstruction surgery in South Africa.