Babies are attacked by monkeys: father processes environmental organs


The baby's father who was attacked by howler monkeys in Araucária, in the Metropolitan Area of ​​Curitiba, intends to sue for environmental organs for negligence. On Wednesday (14), animals stormed the apartment where businessman Fernando Henrique Balardim's family lived, whose daughter, Julia, was bitten by primates. One year and ten months old girl had a deep head wound and her mother was also injured in the arm. The child's skull was exposed and he had to undergo surgery at the Worker's Hospital to reconstruct the scalp. The girl is stable and must remain in hospital until Sunday (25).

"It was not a domestic accident. It was a result of the negligence of public agencies that did not take into account the warnings made by the residents of the condominium. This is very serious," said Balardim.

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According to his father and building administrator, Ed Dimas da Cunha, requests for the transfer of monkeys were sent to the Paraná Environmental Institute (IAP), Military Police Environmental Police Battalion and to the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama). None of these agencies wants to be responsible for management.

The father said that he was working at the time of the accident and that his daughter was in the apartment with his mother and sister for seven years. "My wife helped an older woman with school assignments and went to the room to get some supplies. Within seconds, howler entered through the window and bit Julia's head," he said.

Still according to his father, his sister began shouting "monkeys, monkeys" and her mother ran out to meet the children. "My wife took the animal from our daughter, who had deep wounds on her head and other wounds on her forehead," said his father. "My son and my wife are very upset. Julia saw a picture of a monkey on television and was scared," his father commented.

According to Secretary of the City Environment (SMMA) Araucaria, animals must be moved from the neighboring forest to the building Monday (19). The operation began at 9 am, with support from the Environmental Police, which was requested by the city government. The decision to remove the howler monkey was only taken on Friday (16) after the Environment secretary of Araucaria Environment, Victor Cantador, went to the site and saw howler monkeys. He called the Environmental Police to do the right management, but was told that the catch could only be done next week because the IAP did not provide a place for primates to transfer on the November 15 holiday.

"Because he needs to be taken to the IAP to get treatment and quarantined to see if he has an illness, it can only be done on Monday," the city official complained.

However, a city biologist will monitor the animal over the weekend. The orientation is that residents of condominiums keep windows closed, don't approach howler monkeys or feed. "We were told that some people gave animal food, which made it back. This is not possible," Cantador warned.

In a statement, the IAP stressed that it did not catch wild animals. "IAP is responsible for receipts, maintenance, and the right [animal apreendido]"The agency said. Therefore, according to the IAP, the condominium itself must hire a biologist, remove the animal and refer it to organs, even if it is a wild animal.

The IAP is limited to guiding those who experience similar situations to avoid people and pets, such as dogs, avoid contact with wild animals and feed them. Because of the holidays, no one from Ibama was found commenting on the case.

Frequent visitors

The animal was first seen in the condo about two months ago. Since then, it has often been visited on apartment balconies and even in several buildings. "It was filmed by a resident who entered one of the apartments near the forest. We were looking for several public institutions asking that they catch the monkey before something worse happened, but nothing was done," regretted Ed Dimas da Cunha, housing trustee "Everyone said that the responsibility was not theirs and the IAP advised us to hire a company to catch the animal and deliver it to their headquarters later."


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