Two children were killed and six other family members were injured in an attack by a pack of hyenas in the town of Wajir, Kenya.
On July 10th, the pack attacked a family while they slept in their home — a traditional family compound called a manyatta. One boy, 10-year-old Musa Jelle, was badly injured and left with deep wounds on his face. He was flown to Nairobi on Thursday for further treatment after his condition deteriorated. The other five injured family members were treated and released soon after the attack.
The Kenyan Wildlife Service, which is responsible for game parks and wildlife in Kenya, has killed the hyenas and paid Jelle’s family $230 compensation, and is paying for their medical expenses.
Attacks by wild animals in the area have increased, with 18 people killed so far this year. Hyenas are typically scavengers who feed off animals killed by other predators, but can be extremely dangerous hunters.
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