Tragedy struck the Zvavahera family, of Zvavahera village, under Chief Nyashanu, in Buhera when a lone hyena attacked and killed six-year-old, Elisha Zvavahera. Elisha was playing with 10 other children while the parents were listening to the 8 o’clock news when the hyena pounced. His mutilated body was discovered the following morning. Relating the attack, Elisha’s father said,
His bones were weak since childhood and he could not walk or run normally and when other children noticed the hyena and rushed for cover, Elisha lagged behind and fell prey. This is the worst catastrophe to affect the family. We later noticed that as the children played outside, the hyenas were by the kraal. They were running towards the kraals, and that is how and where Elisha was snatched…His body was discovered along the river around 8 am the following morning, and the sight was horrible. His stomach had been ripped open and the intestines were all over the scene. His legs had been gnawed and the head had been pierced. He had two deep cuts on both ears, suggesting that is the area the animal sank its canines and dragged him. It was a scary view; I had to draw all my courage as the father to put the ripped body together. This is the work of the devil.
Rangers from the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) managed to trap and eliminate the hyena.