Couple demand for compensation after hyena attack in Laikipia


Rarieda residents terrorised by hyenas
Hyenas terrorising residents of Ndunya Village in Rarieda Constituency, Siaya Count. Photo/Courtesy

A Laikipia couple who were injured after a hyena attack last week is demanding compensation from the government.

Mzee Benard Ngure aged 71, and his wife Magrete Wambui (54) were attacked by the hyenas on Monday morning last week after they woke up at around 5:00 a.m to prepare their children for school.

The couple is admitted at the Nyahururu County and Referral Hospital while their deceased son was set for burial on Tuesday at their home in Leleshwa village Sopili area.

Citizen TV visited the hospital where they recounted the event that took place on the fateful day.

Mzee Ngure sustained injuries on both his arms and led while his wife was injured on both her arms, her left thigh, head and face.

Their 11-year-old son David Ndungu was mauled to death with doctors at the hospital claiming what was left was only 30percent of his body.

Ngure recounted how he wrestled with the animal thinking it was a neighbour’s dog, only to discover later that he was fighting a hyena that had invaded their home.

He narrated how he heard a distress call from his wife and when he went to check the cause of alarm, he came face-to-face with the two animals.

Despite his age, the peasant farmer strangled the hyena with his arms, and then got hold of its tongue and it was at this point that he sustained serious scratches.

Ngure narrated how he could hear his wife groaning in pain as he wrestled with the animal.

Neighbours had also heard prolonged distress calls and when they arrived at the home, found the couple wrestling with the animals.

They hit one of the animals on the back killing it on the spot while the other managed to escape.

According to doctors at the hospital, the couple are now in stable condition and will be discharged soon.

Report by Peter Mwangi

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