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Incident involving Hyena and young boy in camp

Unread post by Horrace » Sun Jun 26, 2016 1:51 pm

The Lowvelder is reporting an incident between a Hyena and young boy in camp this morning.

http://lowvelder.co.za/341188/man-attac ... na-at-knp/

Hope the young chap recovers quickly...


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Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Jun 26, 2016 2:41 pm

Here is the official post from SANParks on social media earlier today:

SANParks announces today an unfortunate incident where a hyena entered the camp this morning at about 04:30 at Crocodile Bridge and attacked a visitor who was sleeping in one of the tents at the camping site. The visitor is a 15-year-old boy who was camping with his parents. He was immediately rushed to the Medi Clinic in Nelspruit after receiving first aid service by a nurse who was also in the camp.

The Rangers came to the camp to look for the hyena but could not find her. They however, found a hole under the parameter fence where the animal could have came in. SANParks sincerely regrets the incident and sympathize with the family. We will keep the public informed of the development regarding this matter.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the lad, may he recover soon, and fully.

Also we must think of his parents, and family, and those involved during this traumatic incident.
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Unread post by Horrace » Sun Jun 26, 2016 2:46 pm

Thanx for the official post DinkyBird


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Unread post by stefan9 » Sun Jun 26, 2016 4:45 pm

Hopefully the boy is ok.

Also hope the hyena gets away from any persecution.
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Unread post by Grantmissy » Sun Jun 26, 2016 5:52 pm

I am sorry about this incident. May the boy recover fully and I am also thinking of his parents and family.
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Unread post by Elsa » Sun Jun 26, 2016 6:32 pm

Very sad incident and I do wish him a speedy and full recovery!
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Unread post by chas » Sun Jun 26, 2016 6:45 pm

stefan9 wrote:Hopefully the boy is ok.

Also hope the hyena gets away from any persecution.



WHAT!!!

It's a different story if the boy climbed out of the car and the hyena attacked him in the reserve. This was in the camp so I believe this animal must be found and put down immediately. What happens if it does it again!!!

Imagine if this was your son and you went camping that is supposed to be safe and this happens. What will your reactions be???
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Jun 26, 2016 7:14 pm

By all accounts, this has been a terrible, tragic accident. A young man is badly injured, parents and siblings horribly traumatize, and park management having to deal with a nightmare no one ever wishes to happen.


Priority is to get the young man healed and well again. Lets keep him and his family in our prayers.
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Unread post by Hugh » Sun Jun 26, 2016 8:18 pm

All my prayers are with this young lad and his family and wish him a speedy and full recovery
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Unread post by ritad » Sun Jun 26, 2016 8:44 pm

All the best to the young boy and her family,
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Unread post by Nkulu » Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:19 am

My prayers for the young teen and his family and wishing him a speedy and full recovery :pray:
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Unread post by Sparrow » Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:24 am

Wishing you a speedy and full recovery young man.
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Unread post by Hippotragus » Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:39 am

Very sad accident and prayers for the boy's full recovery. Thoughts with his immediate family, too - they must be in shock.

Unfortunately hyenas are attracted to the food associated with humans and can become braver and come into camp. It is impossible to keep any camp free of animals - they are opportunists and will take any chance to get in and see what they can find.

I had an incident last year at a timeshare just outside Kruger - the first evening we were sitting outside and I was at the braai, when I saw a hyena coming quite close to us. My daughter grabbed granddaughter (then 5 years old) and rushed inside. It rather spoilt the rest of our holiday because, quite rightly, they did not sit outside again in the evenings and I only went out periodically to check the braai.

The management were a bit blase about it, but I was worried about people who do not understand the animals of the bush and how easily an accident could happen if a child went up to the hyena.
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Unread post by lion queen » Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:42 am

A very sad incident. I do hope the young man recovers soon! :gflower: :gflower:
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Re: Incident involving Hyena and young boy in camp

Unread post by George_Brits » Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:58 am

It's such an unfortunate incident and I wish him a speedy recovery.


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