Kenyan Man Dies From Hyena Attack Moments After Killing Lion With His Bare Hands
November 20, 2007 7:35 a.m. EST
Ishita Sukhadwala – AHN News Writer
Nairobi, Kenya (AHN) – A Kenyan man killed a lion with his bare hands in Samburu, about 260 kilometers northeast of the capital Nairobi, only to be attacked by a pack of hyenas a few moments later, the country’s media reported Tuesday.
He succumbed to his injuries and died in hospital Monday.
Moses Lekalau, 35,a herdsman, was walking from a neighboring village in Maralal with his livestock when a lion pounced upon him. He managed to fend off the animal and used his bare hands and a spear to kill him following half hour duel.
Moments later a pack of hyenas emerged from a nearby bush and attacked Lekalu, biting off his hands and toes.
He was taken to Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi where he died Monday as a result of excessive bleeding.
Herman Wabomba, the spokesperson for the hospital said “It was a brave fight for his life on both occasions”, reports News24.
Lekalau came from a nomadic community in which it is a ritual for boys to kill lions as a sign of entering manhood.
In Kenya wild animals attacking humans is quite common since people live close to game parks and animal migration areas.