VANGUARD, Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria, 3 January 2004.

Dog eats up one-year old boy's genitals

Saturday, January 03, 2004

YOLA - A dog has eaten up the genitals of a one-year-old baby boy who is recovering from circumcision in Guyuk Local Government Area of Adamawa.

Narrating the incident which took place this week, the baby's father, Mr Amos Mamman, said he had got the dog from a distant village and brought it home.

After he had gone to the farm, his wife laid her newly circumcised baby in the room and engaged herself with routine domestic chores until she heard the baby's unusual cry.

As she dashed to the room, she found the small dog feasting on the baby's penis, while one of his testes had already gone, the man said.

"The baby was naked on medical advice as he was newly circumcised and could not wear a nappy,"the father explained.

He said the dog might have been attracted by the oily medicine applied to the penis and mistook the genitals for prepared meat.

The boy, who lost his manhood and has since been admitted at the Federal Medical Centre in Yola,is now responding to treatment.

The father appealed to the government and wealthy individuals to help save the life of his son who, he said, needed further medical attention "as he is having difficulty in urinating".

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nunguda people in Guyuk are well known for their passion for dogs.

(File created 5 January 2003)