In Ethiopia, feeding hyenas is a tourist attraction

July 22, 2017
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In Ethiopia, feeding hyenas is a tourist attraction

Mr Abbas Yusuf, known as Hyena Man, offers tourists in Harar the opportunity to feed hyenas scraps of meat.

HARAR, ETHIOPIA (REUTERS) - Hyenas roam the streets of the ancient walled city of Harar in eastern Ethiopia every night, seeking scraps of meat to drag to the nearby caves.

But residents are not afraid.

A family chosen by the town to feed the animals is not daunted by the task despite the dangers that are associated with coming into close quarters with such wild animals.

Mr Abbas Yusuf, known as Hyena Man, learnt to feed the hyenas from his father, Mr Yusuf Mume Salleh, who fed them for 45 years before passing the job to his son 13 years ago.

"Hyenas have never attacked the people of Harar after my father started feeding them, unless you harm their babies," Mr Abbas told Reuters. "My father is always thankful that I continued the good work he started and I will pass it onto my children when I grow old."

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