A pig in Rakai district has mauled a one and a half-year-old baby. The incident occurred at Kateera village in Ddwaniro sub-county on Friday.
The baby’s mother, Peace Tukwasibwe, the baby’s mother was in the kitchen preparing breakfast, while the minor was sleeping on the mattress in the house.
The pig entered through the back door of the house and ripped the baby’s face. It devoured her lips, nose, left hand, stomach and flesh on the chest. It is still puzzling since the baby did not squeal in pain to attract her mother’s attention.
Benedict Kyeyune, a family friend, said that Tukwasibwe went to the house to breastfeed the baby but found her faceless body lying in a pool of blood while the pig was still gnawing on the baby’s hand. He says that it was too late for Tukwasibwe to save the baby.
She raised an alarm that attracted neighbours to the scene. Her husband was not around at the time of the incident. Kyeyune says that the family waited for police to approve the burial but they did not show up, which forced them to bury the deceased.
Abraham Muhangi, another resident, says angry residents pounced on the pig and lynched it. They cut its stomach open and found fingers and some parts of the baby’s body.
They later cut the pig into pieces and burnt it to ashes.
Tom Yiga Mulindwa, the sub-county LC III chairperson, confirmed the incident attributing it to the family’s failure to keep the pigs in a sty that exposed the baby to danger.
Samuel Ssewagude, a piggery farmer, explains that some pigs are aggressive especially when they are pregnant and urged residents to keep locked to avoid similar incidents.