Giant rats eat three-month-old baby girl alive while mum goes out drinking
Giant rats have eaten a three-month-old baby girl alive – after her mother left her home alone to go drinking.
The baby girl died in the Katlehong township in Johannesburg, South Africa after her mother went out all night.
The 26-year-old mother was arrested for child neglect when she returned to the shack in the early hours to find the remains of her daughter in her blood soaked bed.
Describing the horror, a neighbour 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.’
Noluthando Mtshali, daughter of the woman’s landlady, said: ‘The only thing this woman likes is going out partying in the local shebeens [unlicensed pub].
‘Witnesses said it was not the first time she had left the twins on their own but it was the first time she had left only one child.
‘When people were asking where the other child was, she would say it was in her sister’s care.’
Mtshali said that the mother returned to the property with a new boyfriend and had to break into the shack as she had lost the key.
The surviving twin is now in the care of his 28-year-old father and his new girlfriend.
The unnamed father said ‘When Lucky came to us he looked like he had not eaten for days but he is fine now.’
Giant rats are an increasing threat in South Africa’s impoverished townships.
Residents say they can grow up to three-foot long, including their tails, and have front teeth over an inch long.