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Parents abandon, monkeys save!

Chattering monkeys helped save the life of a new-born baby girl apparently thrown into a 10 metre (30 feet) deep well by her parents in a town in Kolkata.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 20:28 IST
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Chattering monkeys helped save the life of a new-born baby girl apparently thrown into a 10 metre (30 feet) deep well by her parents in a town in Kolkata, a witness said on Tuesday.

The monkeys, which had gathered excitedly on the well's edge in Bishnupur town, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of Kolkata drew the attention of passersby, the witness, Samar Sengupta, said.

"Attracted by the chattering of the monkeys, some morning walkers went near the abandoned well and looked down to see the baby lying on heap of garbage. It was crying," Sengupta said by telephone from Bishnupur.

"The monkeys left after the child was rescued," he said.

Superintendent of Bishnupur Hospital Aloke Mondal said the child, just two days old, was doing well.

"The girl is believed to have been thrown by her parents into the well which was abandoned a few years ago," Mondal said.

First Published: Jan 31, 2006 20:28 IST