Villager fights off lion|jon_downes||09/05/05 at 13:04:13|jon_downes|xx|0||Villager fights off lion
Thu Sep 1,12:03 PM ET

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - A Tanzanian man survived a mauling by a lion  which
sprang at him from the bushes on his way to his farm, the local Guardian  
newspaper reported Thursday.

Omari Waziri Mtonga was with two relatives when the beast hauled him to  the
ground, clawing and biting him repeatedly in the coastal district of  
Kisarawe, the paper said.

"I somehow managed to muster the strength to battle with it," the  
50-year-old said from his hospital bed after the attack last weekend. "I was in  a state
of shock, but kept fighting it with all my strength. I refused to lie  down
and be killed by the animal."

As his two companions screamed for help, the huge cat left its struggling  
prey on the ground and sank its teeth into the thigh of one of the other men  
before charging back into the forest.

The newspaper said villagers were on the hunt for the lion.

The east African country has a large population of wildlife including  
leopards and cheetahs, which periodically attack villagers or their livestock.

|| Re: Villager fights off lion|Richard_F||09/05/05 at 23:51:31|richard_f|xx|0||Biting him in the costal distric, that sounds painfull.||