A man was mauled to death by a pack of hyenas in Zimbabwe, after they pulled him from his bed while he was sleeping.
The elderly man identified by the authorities as 87-year-old Tendai Maseka, was dragged about 1,000 feet from his mud and wood hut.
The incident occurred in rural region of Chirumanzu in central Zimbabwe.
By the time Maseka’s body was discovered by villagers, its lower half was missing.
Park rangers are currently hunting for the animals in a bid to “eliminate” them, according to Tinashe Farawo, spokesman for the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority said.
An elderly man who was killed by a pack of hyenas in Chirumanzu (87yrs) was staying alone. He was sleeping in a hut when the unfortunate incident happened. He was dragged for about 300m, with lower body missing. Drag marks and hyena tracks were visible.
— Tinashe Farawo (@FarawoTinashe) November 18, 2020
It is unfortunate that a Chirumanzu man was killed by hyenas. He was dragged from his hut while sleeping during the night. His lower body was eaten. In a related incident, 6 beasts have been killed by hyenas in the same area. @Zimparks on the ground to eliminate the hyenas.
— Tinashe Farawo (@FarawoTinashe) November 17, 2020
The same pack of hyenas is believed to have been responsible for a recent series of attacks on cattle and goats in the area.
Locals have been urged to be vigilant, avoid moving around at night and keep all doors and windows closed until the animals are captured, Farawo said.
“These things normally happen at this time of year because it’s the drier months where normally food and water is scarce so the animals move long distances, into communities in search of food,” Farawo added.
This year man-wildlife conflict killed at least 60 humans in Zimbabwe so far. Elephants account for over 50 percent of the conflicts.