An elderly Zimbabwe man was killed by a pack of hyenas this week after the bloodthirsty animals dragged him from his bed and ate half of his body, local authorities said.
The 87-year-old man was reportedly sleeping inside a mud and wood hut in the rural Chirumhanzu district when he was attacked in the middle of the night.
Tinashe Farawo, spokesman for the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority, confirmed Monday’s horrific killing in a tweet.
“He was sleeping in a hut when the unfortunate incident happened,” Farawo said, adding that the man was dragged for nearly 1,000 feet and was found with his “lower body missing.”
“Drag marks and hyena tracks were visible,” he said.
Authorities believe the same pack of hyenas is behind a series of attacks on goats and cattle in the area. They urged residents to stay alert, keep doors and windows closed and avoid moving around at night, according to CNN.
“We are on the ground trying to track down the problem animals with a view to eliminating them,” Farawo told the network. “If we had enough resources we would have trans-located them from overpopulated areas to where there is less population.”
The latest victim, identified as Tendai Maseka, was buried on Thursday, CNN reported.
Farawo said the man is the 60th person to die this year after being attacked by an animal in the area.
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