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Fatal hyena attack in South Africa

Posted Feb 24, 2009 by Alex Volker
A tragic incident occurred at Inyathi Sabi Sand Nature Reserve in Mpumalanga where a spotted hyena mauled an employee to death.
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
The Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) hunts and scavenges in packs of several individuals. They have very distinctive calls and often compete with lions for prey.
Troy Wakeford
Superintendent Abie Khoabane reports that the employee was employed at Inyathi Sabi Sand Nature Reserve, where the incident occurred. Shortly after midnight on the Feb. 22, John Khoza, 39, was watching television when a Spotted Hyena entered the deceased’s bedroom, apparently attracted by the smell of cooked meat. The neighbours were alerted by the sound of screaming and called security for help. The animal was scared off, but it was already too late as the hyena fatally bit into the victim’s neck. Article
The Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) has a reputation of being an opportunistic scavenger, yet in reality they very successfully hunt in packs. Spotted Hyenas are in direct competition with lion for prey animals and are often found in the same vicinity.
Humans are rarely attacked by Hyena, but as with many other species of dangerous animals, these incidents can occur when the creature loses its fear and respect for people.