An 8-year-old boy from Zaka was on Friday last week dragged by hyenas from a place where he was attending an all-night church.
Roswell Ngomazana of Benzi Village under Chief Nhema in Zaka was severely mauled in the face after he was dragged for 300 metres at Zviratidzo Zvevapositori Church prayers.
He was rescued by members of the congregation who ran after the hyenas forcing them to drop him.
Ngomazana had gone to the all-night vigil with her 62-year-old grandmother Martha Martha Sasikai on the fateful day.
He is now battling for his life at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare.
Sasikai said the boy was attacked soon after he asked for some sheets because he wanted to sleep. She said:
We were at a church service when Roswell asked for some sheets to cover himself since he wanted to sleep.
I gave him and it was only a few minutes later when he was attacked by the hyenas.
He was mauled on his face and we thank God that he is alive. As a family, we are appealing for well-wishers to help us meet medical bills
Zimbabwe National Parks (Zimparks) spokesperson Tinashe Farawo confirmed the incident to Masvingo Mirror.