rabid hyena update
- Malawi police guard against 'terror beast'
Panic stricken Malawian
villagers who fled their homes
in fear of attacks by a
mysterious wild beast have
returned home under armed
At least 4,000 people left four
villages in the central Dowa
district, some 100 km from the
capital Lilongwe, last week when
the wild animal, suspected to be
a rabid hyena, killed at least three people and
Police told the French news agency, AFP, that dozens
officers have been deployed in villages to "safeguard
The rampaging beast roaming the mountainous region has
not been caught.
But police say some officers are assisting game
keepers in the
search of the suspected hyena.
Parks and Wildlife Officer Leonard Sefu had said his
was examining the maimed people to establish what the
Dr Matius Joshua, the Dowa District Health Officer,
had said that
two elderly women and a three-year-old baby died when
beast crushed their skulls and ate their intestines
Dr Joshua said the 16 victims
admitted into hospital following
the latest attacks sustained
various appalling injuries with
some of them completely maimed
He said some of them lost both
legs and hands while two have
lost both ears and eyes to the
One woman lost her mouth and nose.
In August last year another mystery beast killed five
maimed over 20 others before game rangers and
police managed to gun it down.
Parks and Wildlife officials identified the slain
beast as a rabid
hyena but residents disputed this, saying hyenas
shorter hind limbs.
Morgan Amoni, 30, who came close to the current beast,
it is the same beast that was shot dead last year
returned to exact revenge on the people.
He has been at Lilongwe Central Hospital looking after
- one of the victims referred to the hospital.
In recent months, wild animals including lions have
people in villages or those living near game parks.