In his recent reporting trip to Ethiopia, Worldfocus special correspondent Martin Seemungal encountered an unusual sight. On the outskirts of Harar — an ancient city in the eastern part of the country — Seemungal filmed an Ethiopian known as “Hyena Man,” who hand-fed bits of raw meat to wild hyenas. A throng of Western tourists looked on in amazement.
According to local lore, the tradition began as a way to prevent hyenas from attacking local children by keeping them outside of the city. Today, it’s a way to make a living from Ethiopia’s small tourist trade.
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