Student escapes death narrowly after being attacked by cheetah

Cheetah hunting. Photo: courtesy

A student in Meru escaped death narrowly after he was attacked and injured by a cheetah while on his way to school.

The Junior Secondary School student from Mweromuthanga Primary School in Muthara Ward in Tigania East Constituency is currently nursing serious injuries following the morning attack.

Residents said after the attack, the boy raised an alarm as he fiercely fought off the animal in a bid to rescue himself.

However, his efforts proved futile because the animal continued to attack him relentlessly.

But he later got a reprieve when the residents arrived at the scene to answer his distress call forcing the animal to disappear into the nearby thick bushes.

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The student was rushed to Muthara Sub-county hospital in Meru County for treatment.

Area senior chief John Mamira who witnessed the unfolding incident advised residents and their school going kids to be on the lookout for dangerous animals marauding at night.

This comes when the area residents have been complaining to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) about the dangerous wild animals that have been attacking and killing their domestic animals.

They said it was not the first time wild animals have attacked people in the locality, adding that there have been deaths every year.

Last month, herds of elephants invaded farms a few kilometres from recent scene of attack and killed a 30-year-old man before destroying crops worth millions of shillings.

Similarly, last year hyenas attacked herders in the lower areas of Muthara, biting three people who were later treated and discharged.

By John Majau

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