Rogue hippo kills Chinese tourist in Kenya

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A hippo has attacked and killed a Chinese tourist who was taking photos on the edge of Lake Naivasha in Kenya’s Rift Valley, just hours after a local fishermen was mauled to death in the same area, authorities say.

A second Chinese tourist was also injured in the incident on Saturday night and was treated at Naivasha’s local hospital, about 91 kilometres southeast of Nairobi, the Kenya Wildlife Service said in a statement on Sunday.

Local police say a Kenyan fisherman was also killed by another hippo a few kilometres from where the Chinese tourists were attacked.

“The man was bitten on the chest and his injuries were serious and he died minutes after he was retrieved from the lake,” said Rift Valley Head of Criminal investigations Gideon Kibunja.

The deaths bring to six the number of people who have been killed by hippos around Lake Naivasha so far this year.

Wildlife service spokesman Paul Udoto said the circumstances are not clear in which the two Chinese tourists were attacked. He said attacks on tourists are rare because they are usually protected by guides.

He said hippos and lone buffalos pose the greatest danger to humans and there have been many attacks in which civilians and even rangers have lost their lives.

© RAW 2018

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