A young Malawi man allowed a hyena to chew off his genitals as part of a bizarre ritual which he hoped would make him rich.

Chamangeni Zulu, 22, is understood to have consulted with his local witch doctor who recommended sacrificing body parts to wild dogs as a get rich quick scheme, reported the Times of Zambia.

Zulu then walked into the bush naked in area called Maknga Lufu in the eastern province of the country. Apparently he was hoping only to lose a toe or two, but was unable to stop a hyena - known for their powerful jaws - from chowing down on his privates.

Speaking from his hospital bed, Zulu said: "I came from Malawi and when I arrived in Chipata I met some business persons who told me that the best way to become rich was to sacrifice parts of my body.

"I went to a bush where I was instructed to be naked and a hyena came to me and started eating my toes and eventually my manhood was eaten."

Zulu is now coming to terms with having no genitals but his dreams of wealth remain undimmed – even if the chance of siring children is gone.

He said: "Even if I have lost some important parts of my body, I still want to get rich."

Chipata General Hospital acting medical superintendent Humphrey Chanda said Zulu was in a stable condition.

"It is true that he lost his manhood and three toes after being bitten by a hyena, but his condition is stable."