Rabid hyena kills boy, goats in afternoon attack in Kajiado

A spotted hyena in Amboseli National Park.
Kajiado News Update

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A suspected rabid hyena mauled and killed one boy, two goats and injured a donkey in the Eselenkei area of Kajiado on Thursday afternoon.

Eye-witnesses who saw the dead body of the boy said the hyena ate part of it and left before finding goats grazing at a nearby area and killed two.


An official of the Big Life Foundation, Samuel Kaanki, said the beast was cornered and killed by residents when it went to a nearby home and attacked a donkey.

“That was not a normal hyena, a normal one does not act like that. We have just established it was rabid. Hyenas suffering from rabies act like that and had it not been killed, it would have continued to kill more people and livestock,” said Kaanki.

Samuel Kaanki is an employee of the Big Life Foundation and chairman of Amboseli Land Owners Conservancy Association. He spoke to the Star.
Samuel Kaanki is an employee of the Big Life Foundation and chairman of Amboseli Land Owners Conservancy Association. He spoke to KNU.

Kaanki said such occurrences are not normal, and that attack just happened in the afternoon is unfortunate. He said it did not eat the goats it had killed, but it injured the donkey.

He said the area where the attack occurred borders the Amboseli National Park and hyenas roam the plains around it at the banks of the Eselenkei seasonal river.

The Kajiado South sub-county Kenya Wildlife Service boss, James Nyagah also described it as a “rare” incident.

“What happened in Eselenkei was a rare and unfortunate incident. The residents killed the hyena and burnt it,” said Nyagah.


He explained that the last time such an incident was four years in Mashuuru when a hyena with rabid killed a boy and another happened in Rombo, where the victim, a boy, was saved.

Nyagah said the KWS vet who was sent to the scene of the hyena attack in Eselenkei found that the residents had burnt the beast and could not collect any samples from it.

“We would have liked to examine the samples so we can establish the exact cause of the beast’s behaviour. Even if we found that the hyena that attacked and killed the boy, the KWS cannot inoculate all the hyenas out there,” added Nyagah.

He explained that inoculating hyenas is an uphill task because of their complicated movements.


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