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Nepalese two-year-old eaten by wild animal while playing outside


Mapungubwe means "place of the jackals" in the local Venda language. In addition to the archaeological site, the Mapungubwe National Park features abundant wildlife, such as this jackal, but also including antelope, elephants and lions. (Nicolas Brulliard/GlobalPost)

A Nepalese toddler has been killed and partially eaten by a wild animal in the Himalayan nation's Mahottari district, in an incident that occurred while the young girl was playing outside near her family's sugar cane farm.

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According to AFP, the girl's body was found near her house in the morning hours, and that "the remains of her body looked similar to the remains of a goat eaten by a jackal."

The girl's "body, legs, and hands were all eaten up," according to police at the scene, writes

Golden jackals are common in Asia, and resemble a small dog or an American coyote, weighing in at at most 35 pounds and standing from 15 to 20 inches at the shoulder.

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Largely reliant on scavenging and known as remarkably adaptable predators, found in Africa and the Middle East as well as in Asia, jackals only attack humans on rare occasions, largely due to their small size and fairly shy temperaments.

In early 2012, 12 people were reportedly injured by a crazed jackal in the Indian state of Karnataka, suffering severe bite wounds, writes the Hindu.

Although the animal involved in this incident and the recent death in Nepal are not thought to be rabid, the canines do occasionally contract the fatal and contagious disease, according to the WHO.

The Nepalese death comes soon after the widely publicized killing of four by feral dogs in a Mexico City park, who partially consumed their victims.