Police have revealed that a pack of hyenas mauled two people within a 24-hour-span in a village just 50 kilometres (31 miles) east of Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
They confirmed that the hyenas, numbering about 20, mauled a man on Monday in the village of Kamuthi near the industrial town of Thika as he was rushing home from work at a quarry.
Via Twitter, the police added that a second man accompanying the victim “narrowly escaped by the skin of his teeth.”
The hyenas struck again barely 24 hours after the first attack leaving a fresh human skull in one of the village farms.
“Police and Kenya Wildlife Service officers visited the scene and confirmed the incident, where a skull, scattered bones and torn bloodstained clothes were found,” the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said, adding that hyena footprints were found at the site.
In recent years, reports on wildlife straying into human habitats in Kenya have increased as the animals come under increasing pressure from cities expanding into ancient migration and hunting grounds.
On December 17, a leopard wandered into a house in southeastern Kenya after straying from its home in Tsavo National Park before rangers rescued it.
In another incident, a lion caused panic in July after straying from its habitat in Nairobi National Park into a crowded neighbourhood south of the city.