Worker strengthens after hyena grabs her

Henry

A worker at the Berg-en-Dal rest camp in the Kruger National Park is struggling after a hyena bit her on the arm.

SANParks confirmed on Friday evening that she had been transferred to a hospital in Pretoria.

“A specialist diagnosed her with fractures in her hand extending to the wrist with an oblique fracture close to her elbow.”

She underwent an operation on Thursday evening to repair the fractures.

“She says she is doing well and is very grateful for the good medical treatment she is receiving. She is in good spirits.”

SANParks thanked everyone who wished her a speedy recovery. “We appreciate every message and let her know of everyone’s support.”

Isaac Phaahla, SANParks spokesperson, told RNews earlier that the woman works at the restaurant at the rest camp. According to him, the animal was in the woman’s room shortly after midnight. She lives in one of the living quarters at the camp.

Tinyiko Golele, regional ranger of Marula South, and her team investigated the boundary wire on Wednesday and found that the hyena had chewed a hole in the fence and gained access to the living quarters in this way.

The fence has since been repaired and staff have been warned to be vigilant at all times.

A team of workers and a ranger followed the hyena’s tracks and located it soon after. The animal was put down.