We had to re-enact this event every year at the village primary school using a real baby* and a live monkey. The adults had to 'bring down the ape' using .22 air rifles.The winner received the monkey's paw.*I was the chosen baby once, and spent 8 months raised by chimps round the back of the vinegar factory.
A familiar story. We have lost so much of our heritage over the last fifty years.