Hyena Mauls Teen In National Park

The most important thing is for the public to know that they should not throw bones over the fence.

A 16-year-old boy is recovering after being mauled by a hyena in Kruger National Park early Sunday morning.  The boy was sleeping alone in a tent when the attack occurred.

SANParks acting head of communications William Mabasa told media, “I can’t tell you how serious the injuries were but he was bitten in the face. He was taken to Nelspruit MediClinic. No one else was hurt and the hyena ran away before the rangers could find it.”

Mabasa did say that rangers found a hole under a fence where the animal may have entered the protected area and added, “The most important thing is for the public to know that they should not throw bones over the fence. It makes the hyenas associate food with humans and can cause something like this to happen.”


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