A 3-month-old girl was eaten alive by giant rats after her mother left her along to go out partying.
The Daily Mail reports that a 26-year-old mother from Johannesburg, South Africa, left her infant daughter alone in her home as she went out drinking for the night. Giant rats apparently crept into the home and ate the baby girl alive.
A neighbor said: “The baby could only have died a painful death. The infant’s tongue, eyes and fingers had all been eaten. Besides the missing body parts, the remains of her body had bites and wounds all over that were inflicted by the sharp teeth of the rats. This woman must rot in jail. She does not deserve to be a mother.”
The girl’s twin brother, Lucky, was taken out by the mother on her night of partying. She had apparently been known to go out drinking and leave both children home alone.
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The landlady explained how the baby was discovered: “She came back in the early hours of the morning with a new boyfriend and they tried to break into the shack since she had lost the key and they found the baby girl dead. They were claiming that the child was burnt.”
Lucky is now in the care of his 28-year-old father and his new girlfriend. According to the unnamed father’s girlfriend, Lucky’s mother would frequently show up drunk after having left the babies alone inside her shack. She claims that Lucky looked frail and hungry when they received him, and that they have since fed the boy and he now looks "fine."
Captain Mega Ndobe, from Katlehong police confirmed that the mother had been arrested, “I can confirm the little girl died after being eaten by rats. The mother has been arrested and is facing charges of child negligence and the case will be heard in court next year.”
This is apparently not the first instance of giant rats eating people alive in South Africa. Both infants and the elderly have been killed by massive rats who invade their homes.
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According to Mashable, officials in several African nations are actually training the massive rats to go after illegal poachers looking to kill and skin elephants, rhinos, and other endangered animals. Rats have an especially keen sense of smell, and hence are excellent at sniffing out potential predators.