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06/11/2013 06:02 GMT | Updated 06/11/2013 06:09 GMT

Giant Rat Eats And Kills One-Year-Old Baby In Yemen

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A giant rat has reportedly eaten and killed a one-year-old baby in Western Yemen.

The boy was apparently napping in a clay hut in al-Hadith district at the time of the attack, according to local media.

After his mother stepped out of the hut, she returned to the horrific sight of the rat gnawing on her screaming baby, the Washington Times reported.

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She rushed the boy to a nearby medical center, but it was too late and he died in transit, the newspaper reported.

“The mother is still in a bad psychological condition after seeing the giant rat feeding on her own baby,” the agency said without giving other details, Emirates 24/7 reported.

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Villagers are currently hunting for the rat, setting up traps where they think it will likely feed again.

The giant rodent is not the first to terrorise a community, with giant rats as big as cats having killed and eaten two babies in separate attacks in South Africa.