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Expectant mother in hospital after baboon attack

14 January 2015, 20:49

Nakuru - An expectant mother is admitted at Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital after being attacked by baboons at Section 58 area near Lake Nakuru National Park on Tuesday.

Lucy Macharia, who is 7 months pregnant, said she had gone to buy a birthday cake together with her daughter and were attacked by two male baboons on their way back from the shop.

She said that she fell in a drainage and hurt herself while trying to protect her daughter.

“Were it not for the birthday cake that kept one of the baboons busy, I might have sustained more injuries and pain than I already have. I had to battle with one who clinged heavily on my back pinning me down in the water from the sewage water," Macharia said.

She was rescued by passers-by after battling with the baboons for more than ten minutes.

She said her daughter, who escaped unhurt is still shocked by the incident.

According to her, that was not the first time the incident had occurred.

Also read: Govt unveils plan to curb human-wildlife conflict

“My neigbours,especially women and children cannot go to shop in the evening because of the attacks that have been happening," she said.

She however hopes that park will find a lasting solution to solve human-wildlife conflict which poses a grave danger to residents bordering the parks.

According to Nakuru provincial General hospital medical superintendent Dr John Murima, Macharia is in a stable condition.

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