Moment 14-stone hyena savages man in middle of street before creature found dead
An elderly man walking along a dirt path in Pune city, western India, is overpowered by a huge 200lb vicious hyena before a passersby tries to beat the beast away with a large stick
This is the chilling moment a 14st snarling hyena emerges from tall grass and pounces on an elderly man.
Forest officials later found the enormous beast’s dead body 28 miles away.
In the clip, the OAP can be seen walking his tiny dog along a road in a village near India’s western city of Pune, when a vicious hyena pokes out of the grass to his left.
The predator approaches and pounces on the terrified old man, before moving on to a motorcyclist riding past.
Someone immediately comes to his aid but the creature warns him away by bearing his teeth.
Another rescuer tries beating the mutt away with a large stick or knife.
The man narrowly escaped with his life after the attack in Kharpudi village, in India’s western city of Pune, according to reports.
Forest department officials said hyena’s rarely attack humans and this one had been irritated by an earlier injury, which caused its aggression, the Sun reports.
Deputy conservator of forest’s Mr Jayaramegowda, said: “One elderly person and a biker have been injured in the attack by a hyena in Kharpudi village.
“Attacks by hyenas are not very common. We have come to know that the hyena was already injured when it attacked the two persons.
“The animal was found dead later. We believe that the irritation caused by the injury may have triggered the attack.
“We have initiated the process to provide compensation to the two injured persons.”
Hyena’s rarely attack or kill humans and feature low among predator fatalities.
Tigers, common in India, are more likely to launch a blood-curdling attack.
In April this year a tiger killed a woman in the Maharashta, the same state as the hyena incident.
At the time, it was the eighth fatality by animal predators since April last year, and the sixth by a tiger.
The middle-aged woman had taken a trip into the forest to collect flowers, but when she failed to return to her village, family went looking and found her mauled body lying on the dirt ground.
Forest department teams set up camera traps to find the tiger and banned villagers from entering the forest.
In another piece of footage an enormous Bengal tiger was filmed chasing down a man and mauling him as he fell 15ft down a ground pit in Assam, last year.
Elsewhere, in August, a Russian logger was charged down and ripped apart by a Siberian tiger – often dubbed the world’s largest car.
Mikhail Shabaldin, 41, is believed to have been “attacked and wounded” by the wild beast after the ambush by an Amur – or Siberian – tiger, the world’s largest big cat.
Locals say Shabaldin is likely to have then been dragged away into the forest.
Video taken by the victim’s shocked colleagues from a rough track near where he was staying appears to show several scattered items of clothing, as well as bits of what look to be human innards.
Tiger footprints were visible at the site, which had prompted workmates to say it was a tiger rather than a brown bear that took Shabaldin on.