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He killed lion, only to die in hyena attack


Nairobi : A man who killed a lion with his bare hands, only to be attacked by a pack of hyenas moments later, succumbed to his injuries and died in hospital, Kenyan media reported Tuesday.

Moses Lekalau, a 35-year-old herdsman, was walking home from a neighbouring village in Maralal, some 250 km north of the capital Nairobi, when he was pounced upon by a lion, which he fought off for half an hour and then killed with his bare hands.

Hyenas then emerged from the forested path after his confrontation with the lion and attacked the man, biting off his hands and toes.

Doctors had earlier expressed hope that the man would survive, but said he had lost a lot of blood from the vicious attack, the independent Daily Nation reported.

Some Kenyan tribes, specifically the Masai, are known for slaying lions as a rite of passage.

Attacks by wild animals are relatively common in Kenya, as villagers live in close proximity to game parks and animal migration corridors and recurring droughts and floods increase their closeness.