Hyena “crushes teen’s jaw” and drags him from tent while camping

  • A 15-year-old boy was asleep in a separate compartment of his family’s tent when a hyena suddenly attacked him
  • The hyena locked its jaws on the boy’s face, biting so hard that it broke his facial bones while dragging him out of the tent
  • The boy was first treated at a local hospital and was then flown to Johannesburg for emergency plastic and reconstructive surgery

SOUTH AFRICA – A teenage boy was immediately brought to a hospital after a hyena bit him on the face and dragged him from his tent while camping at the world famous Kruger National Park in South Africa.

ABC News mentioned in an article published on June 27 that the 15-year-old boy was asleep in a separate compartment of his family’s tent when a hyena suddenly attacked him early Sunday.

“The animal attacked him on his face,” said William Mabasa, the South African National Parks spokesman.

“He screamed and his parents woke up. Fortunately, a nurse was there, as well as one of our guides,” he added.

Reports said the hyena locked its jaws on the boy’s face, biting so hard that it broke his facial bones while dragging him out of the tent.

An article by Rachel Bishop for Mirror Co UK said the boy was first treated at a local hospital and was then flown to Johannesburg for emergency plastic and reconstructive surgery to his mouth and jaw.

Local media reported that the boy was in serious condition while the hyena escaped. Initial investigation revealed that the hyena had entered the campsite through a hole in the fence.

Mabasa said the hyena was probably looking for food and warned people they needed to take care.

“People must be aware at all times that there are wild animals around them and they must make sure that their tents are properly closed,” he said.

This is not the first animal attack in Kruger National Park as in July last year, a safari guide survived a leopard attack while viewing wildlife with tourists.

Two months before that, an American tourist died after she was mauled by a lion which leaped through an open car window in a park outside Johannesburg.

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