The mother says she heard the babies crying and when she turned, she saw over 20 chimpanzees surrounding the babies. One had already picked Karungi and the others also aiming at the 3-year-old boy as he cried.
Olive Kemigisa with her baby at Muhorro Health Centre III
A five-month-old baby has been kidnapped by a group of Chimpanzees in Kyamajaka village Muhorro town council in Kagadi district.
Oliver Kemigisa, the mother to Rachael Karungi told New Vision that the incident happened a few minutes after 5:00pm on Sunday when she was preparing super at their home.
Kemigisa said she left the baby with another baby in the verandah as she moved about her chores in the compound a few metres away.
Residents of Kyamajaka village in Muhorro town council Kagadi district after rescuing the baby
She says she heard the babies crying and when she turned, she saw over 20 chimpanzees surrounding the babies. One had already picked Karungi and the others also aiming at the 3-year-old boy as he cried.
She said that she wrestled with the chimpanzees for the boy as she made 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 second child, I became firm and fought them. That is how I saved the boy,” said Kemigisa.
She said 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 for food and they usually chase people.
Details of the story in New Vision of Tuesday