Hippos kill Chinese tourist in Lake Naivasha

Postado Agosto 13, 2018

His 62-year-old friend, Wu Peng Te survived the tragic encounter and is recuperating at Lake Naivasha Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort.

A tourist has been killed by a hippo bite while taking pictures on the edge of Lake Naivasha in Kenya's Rift Valley, just hours after a fisherman was mauled to death by one of the animals in the same area.

Witness James Omollo said the foreigner got too close to the animal which turned against him, biting him on the chest. His colleague survived with minor bruises and was treated at Naivasha District Hospital. "We are tracking the hippo". The bitten man was rushed to hospital bleeding profusely but later died.

The attacks brought to six the number people who have been attacked and killed by hippos around the troubled water body since the year began.

On Sunday, Kenyan newspaper The Star quoted the head of a boat owners' association in Navaisha as saying that higher than normal water levels were causing hippos to wander from the lake on to nearby farms and hotel properties searching for pasture. "This is not the first time", he remarked.

"The hippo that attacked the Chinese was looking for pasture near the hotel when the incident occurred".

"We have seen a rise in cases of human-wildlife conflict around the lake and this is mainly due to the encroachment of the riparian land", Kilo who is also an honorary warden indicated.