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Teacher Bites Hyena’s Nose to Save Own Life

A primary school teacher is fighting for his life at Kajiado County referral hospital after surviving a hyena attack on Valentine’s Day.

Teacher John Matipei with wife Jackline on February 18 narrates his ordeal with attacking hyena on Valentine’s Day.

Speaking to KNU for the first time at the hospital on Monday after the attack which took place last week on Thursday, John Matipei, said he is thankful to God for saving his life.

Matipei, whose wife Jacqueline sat next to him on a hospital bed, said he went into comma soon after fighting the beast for close to one hour using bare hand and teeth.

“It was a matter of life and death and I had no weapon with men after the beast attacked me as I was fetching water for my goats around 5 pm. I had just arrived home when my wife told me some of my goats had not drunk water, and so I immediately left for a nearby well,” he said.

Teacher John Matipei.

He went on; “As soon as I had dropped into the well, the hyena landed on my thigh. I attempted to kick it but was not letting me go. I managed to turn around and it landed on my chest and faced me directly in the eye,” said Matipei.

The teacher said when the hyena landed on his chest, he bit its nose and attempted to fight it off again, but it became more adamant. The only option left for Matipei was to take the war into the water.

When the hyena realised that it had been pushed into unfamiliar space, it struggled to run away as used mad to blind him, said Matipei.

In the fight, the 42 year-old-teacher broke both his hands and the hyena swallowed a big piece of flesh from his left thigh.

His physician, Dr. Odhiambo Opiyo, said Matipei will stay “longer” in the hospital because of the injuries he suffered during the attack.

His wife, Jacqueline, said she will never forgive the beast that almost killed her husband on the day the whole world was celebrating Valentine’s Day.

“I was looking forward to a great evening with my loving husband. I had prepared well to treat him, but that beast spoiled it all,” said Jacqueline.

Matipei teaches at Emukutan Primary School near Maili 46 in Kajiado West Sub County where he is the deputy teacher.

“We are only two teachers, the head teacher and me with 119 pupils in Class One to Six. As I am here now, my head teacher is teaching all the six classes,” said the injured teacher.

Kajiado KNUT executive secretary, Elly Korinko visited Matipei at the hospital and appealed to teachers’ service commission to deploy more teachers to Enukutani Primary school.

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