BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA
A 58-year-old Marondera woman and her grandson are lucky to be alive after they were attacked by a jackal which entered their room at Marirangwe Farm early this week.
Lucia Maida and her grandson Talent Tenifara (10) were rushed to Marondera Provincial Hospital after they were viciously bitten by the wild animal before being rescued by neighbours.
Mashonaland East provincial police spokesperson Inspector Tendai Mwanza yesterday confirmed the incident, saying the victims have since been treated and discharged.
“The area is not common to jackals. However, we urge members of the public to properly secure their homes, especially at night to avoid intruders of any kind,” he said.
It is reported that on October 11 at around 2am, Maida and her grandson were sleeping inside their house when the jackal entered through a window which had no panes and attacked them.
Maida was bitten on the right thigh and left palm before the wild animal bit Talent on the left leg.
The two were rescued by neighbours who heard them crying for help.
The two were rushed to hospital while the jackal was killed and taken to the Veterinary Department for post-mortem.