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08. 02. 11. - 18:41

Monkey bites boy

A family father may face charges over negligence after his son was seriously injured by a monkey at the weekend.

The four-year-old child was bitten on the hand by male Barbary Macaque named "Juppi" at a wildlife park in Preding, Styria, on Sunday after he was lifted over the fence by his dad to feed the animal. There are however signposts at the enclosure warning against coming too close to the fence.

Doctors at the Childrens Clinic in Graz, where the boy underwent surgery, said that a main nerve was ripped by the bite.

Hospital chief Michael Hllwarth said today (Tues): "Thats the third time a visitor was bitten by a monkey there. I wrote to the managers asking them to strengthen safety and accident prevention standards, but no one got back to me."

Managers of the wildlife park meanwhile criticised the family dad for his actions. "What are we supposed to do? Now we will probably be ordered to put the animal down," they said.

Deutschlandsberg district authorities said they will investigate the incident.

The wildlife park made headlines last August when kangaroo "Sumsi" escaped its enclosure. The animal, which was spotted around 50 kilometres from the site some days later, is still on the run.

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