Motorists in Zim shocked to see hyena dragging human body
22 July 2016, 13:58
Harare - Two motorists approaching Zimbabwe's resort town of
Victoria Falls this week were horrified to see a hyena dragging a human body, a
It later emerged that the hyena had not killed the woman, but
had found her body after she committed suicide, Trevor Lane of the Bhejane
"It was about 3km from the town. It's a big tar road
and they saw this hyena was dragging a body," Lane told News24.
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority officials
were alerted and came to track the hyena.
They found what was left of the body more than 1km from the
road, just outside the hyena's den. Lane was told that it was the torso and the
top of the chest.
Further investigations revealed the woman had had an
argument with her husband and hit him with an axe. Thinking she had killed him
she fled into the nearby national park and committed suicide.
"The hyena didn't kill her. Hyenas are scavengers: they
just found the body."
Hyena attacks on humans are rare in Zimbabwe, but they
frequently prey on their cattle. The Chronicle newspaper reported on Thursday
that a single hyena had killed more than 30 cattle in the Bubi District in
southern Zimbabwe since the beginning of the year.
The rural district council hired a professional hunter to
kill the animal, the paper said.
One hyena was killed in the district last year. A
10-year-old lost her eye in 2013 when a hyena attacked and injured five
villagers in the Buhera district of eastern Zimbabwe.
- News 24