A middle-aged man was mauled by a lion over the weekend in Kenya and his remains were found on Monday morning.

Only the victim’s head and an arm were found at the scene with the lion still in the vicinity and still guarding the body parts.

The man identified as Rono Kipkurui Simon had left his work of place on Friday evening heading to his residence.

“He cooked food for some of his friends and at 10 he said he was going home. No one thought of anything until Sunday when he didn’t report back to work,” said his brother Wilson Kibet.

His body parts were found on Monday morning by passersby at a certain bridge in Tuala.

According to reports, the lone lion had escaped from Nairobi National Park sending panic among people living around the park.

Area residents said they are living in fear because the wild animals have been roaming around their homes for a long time now with authorities ignoring their complaints.

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said it had launched a search operation to locate and sedate the lion on Monday night.

“We are reaching out to the family of the deceased with a view to visiting and consoling with them. KWS urges members of the public to stay calm and not to venture out at night until the lion is captured,” KWS said in a statement to reporters late Monday.

The incident occurred outside the park’s southern periphery, KWS said. The park is ringed by electric fencing in parts but is not entirely sealed off, enabling traditional migration by game in search of grazing.

In October, a pride of lions strayed from the Nairobi National Park and spotted walking in the same Tuala area.

In 2016, in a shocking incident, a pride of lions attacked and partly ate a man in Rongai on the outskirts of Nairobi.

 

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