Oh, how the tables have turned!
Kelantan State Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) said that the department will be taking custody of the animal from its owner as a step towards moving with the investigation.
Yesterday a 9-year-old boy was left critically injured after being violently attacked by the aforementioned beruk while he was making his way back home from attending Hari Raya open houses in Kampung Teluk Renjuna, Tumpat.
The child suffered serious wounds on both hands and feet, as
well as injuries to his privates.
Perhilitan said that the beruk will be kept under observation to determine the cause of the primateâ€™s sudden rogue behavior and ascertain whether the owner had had proper documentation to keep the animal.
The beruk however could not be reached for commentsâ€¦
Though the thought of being viciously mauled by a wild animal rarely cross the minds of us millennials habituating here in the concrete jungle, did you know that the government has a program to aid victims of wild animal attack cases?
Listed under the Social Welfare Department (JKM), the Kumpulan Wang Amanah Bantuan Mangsa Serangan Binatang Buas (Wild Animal Attack Trust Fund), is a program that is meant to provide financial assistance to the victims and families of wild animal attacks. (WILD animals ONLY guys, your satanic pet kitty wonâ€™t count)
Victims can receive a maximum of RM20,000 for cases
involving death, debilitating injuries and any incidents that the department deems
appropriate, which consist of physical injuries, allergies, infections, losses
of limbs and the likes.
Here is a list of what are considers to be ‘wild animals’ according to Perhilitan and would be eligible for aid:
- Wild Bore
- Venomous snakes
- All species of wild bees and wasps
- Flat-headed cat or jungle cats
- Monitor Lizards
- Fresh water Stingray
- Giant snake-head
- Wallago catfish
- An assortment of stinging catfish
- Electric eels
- Sea snakes
- Stone fish
- Cone Shell
So the next time that you might be unlucky enough to be attacked a ravaging wild animal, youâ€™d know where to go for assistance.
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