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3-year-old Girl Attacked by a Chimpanzee in Gbor Korsin Town

Residents of Gbor Korsin Town in Nimba County Electoral District #4 are living in fear after a Chimpanzee attacked a three-year-old child in the town last week.

Edwin Saye, father of the attacked child, told this media institution that the incident happened recently when his daughter and two other children were on the farm playing when they saw the animal rushing from the bush; a situation where the other children narrowed out their way, while his daughter suffered the wrath of the creature.

He explained that the Chimpanzee, with no mercy, beat on his daughter, leaving her legs injured. Mr Saye disclosed that his daughter (the victim) is presently seeking medical attention at the Saclepea Comprehensive Health Center, in central Nimba County.

The father of the victim is calling on the government of Liberia, through the Forestry Development Authority, to speedily intervene and settle the medical liability of his child.

Saye also wants the national government to institute stringent measures that will prevent the constant Chimpanzee attacks in the region.

He further threatened that residents of the region will mobilize men to hunt those Chimpanzees which according to him, continue to create endanger the lives of peaceful citizens if the government fails to act with urgency to arrest the situation in the county.

In March of this year, a 4-year-old girl was attacked and subsequently raped allegedly by a Chimpanzee in Torkopa Town, Lesonnon Chiefdom, District#8 Nimba County, and the matter was reportedly forwarded to the FDA, but nothing was said to have been done to remedy the situation.

Liberia is said to be a home to the second largest Chimpanzee population in West Africa, according to research conducted by Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leizip, Germany.

Chimpanzees and other wild animals are heavily protected under the National Wildlife Conservation in Liberia.

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