Hyena mauls boy in Kruger Park

A hyena. Photo: Thinkstock

According to SANParks, a 15-year-old has had to be rushed to hospital in Nelspruit after a hyena attacked him in a campsite.

SANParks on Sunday morning announced “an unfortunate incident” occurred in the Kruger National Park where a female hyena entered a camp in its park at about 4.30am at Crocodile Bridge and attacked a visitor who was sleeping in one of the tents at the camping site.

According to the media statement by William Mabasa, acting head of communications, the visitor was a 15-year-old boy who was camping with his parents.

“He was immediately rushed to the Medi-Clinic in Nelspruit after receiving first aid service by a nurse who was also in the camp.

“The Rangers came to the camp to look for the hyena but could not find her. They, however, found a hole under the perimeter fence where the animal could have came in.

“SANParks sincerely regrets the incident and sympathises with the family. We will keep the public informed of developments regarding this matter,” said Mabasa.

On SANParks’ website, Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp is “a small and delightful camp situated in the southeastern corner of the Kruger National Park, on the northern bank of the Crocodile River, from which it derives its name”.

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