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Published on : Tuesday, June 28, 2016
At the time of the attack, the distressed teenager was sleeping alone inside a compartment of his family’s tent in the park.
According to witness, a hyena grabbed the boy’s face with its jaw and then it tried to drag him out of the tent.
William Mabasa, a spokesman of the South African National Parks stated that the animal attacked the boy’s face and the screams woke his parents up. He also informed that a nurse and one of the guides were present there to save the boy from the hyena’s jaws.
The boy suffered multiple bone fractures in the face. He was taken to a local hospital right after the hyena attacked.
He was later flown to Johannesburg to get emergency plastic and reconstructive surgery as his condition was deteriorating.
Mabasa explained later that the hyena was probably searching for food inside the camp.
The park authority guessed that the hyena probably entered the campsite through a gap in the fence.
It is very irresponsible of the tourists to keep the opening of their tent wide open, while sleeping in the wilderness.
When you are on a safari inside a national park, it is very obvious that wild animals will show up. It is the sole responsibility of the tourists to stay alert during their trip.