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Baboon snatches baby ducklings and bites their heads off at Dutch zoo

This is the moment a baboon snatched a pair of baby ducklings and bit their heads off in front of horrified children at a Dutch zoo. The baboon can be seen chasing after the tiny birds as their mother desperately tried to protect them in an enclosure at DierenPark Amersfoort zoo in Amersfoort in the Netherlands.

But her efforts end up being in vain with the primate eventually plucking her young from the water. The unfazed baboon waited for its chance to sweep up two ducklings as they struggled to get over a wooden section in a pool inside an enclosure. Reports suggest the primate had already decimated the mother’s brood before the one-minute clip started.

In the video, the baboon looks intent on catching one particular duckling – allowing at least some to escape. The baboon returns to its troop having captured its lunch and holds a squawking duckling in each hand as children can be heard reacting in horror. While the incident is shocking, baboons regularly eat meat in the wild. As do other omnivores including gorillas, orangutans, bonobos, and chimpanzees.

It is the latest in a string of incidents involving monkeys after one was caught on the CCTV of a temple in India in late 2018 wreaking havoc. In a clip from outside the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, northern India, a snake charmer is seen preparing to lull a serpent when a monkey -likely a Macaque – bounds down and snatches it before making off. They, along with other monkeys in India, can have a more devastating effect – they are known to have killed people in the past.

In November 2018, a woman in Agra – the site of the Taj Mahal – was breastfeeding her 12-day-old child when it was snatched and killed by a monkey. ‘The monkey bit the infant’s head and only dropped him when people chased it with sticks and threw stones at it,’ said the officer responding to the case. Also in Agra, where a politician has described monkeys as ‘terrorists’, a woman in her late fifties was bitten to death after wandering into a field near her home to urinate in the same week the infant was killed by a monkey.

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