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Hippos Kill Tourists Taking Photos In Lake Naivasha

 

A Chinese national and a Kenyan fisherman have been killed by hippos in two different incidents in Lake Naivasha.

The Chinese National, Chuang Hun,  died hours after he was attacked by the hippo near Sopa Lodge South Lake while visiting the lakeside town.

According to witnesses who saw the incident happen, the foreigner got too close to the animal which turned against him biting him on the chest.

“He was rushed to Naivasha sub-county hospital bleeding profusely but he passed on while undergoing treatment,” said Joel Ochieng, a witness.

According to the chairman of Lake Naivasha Boat Owners Association, David Kilo the rise in water levels had contributed to hippo attacks.

“The hippo that attacked the Chinese was seeking pasture near the hotel when the incident occurred and this is not the first time,” he said.

In the second case, a fisherman was attacked by another hippo a few kilometers from the scene of the first incident.

“The man was also bitten on the chest and his injuries were serious and he died minutes after he was retrieved from the lake,” said another witness.

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.

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Written by Francis Muli

Senior reporter at Kahawa Tungu, Muli has a passion for human interest stories. He believes in unearthing societal rots that have been hidden from the public eye. He has also carved himself a niche in writing business stories. He has worked for various organisations including Kenya Television Service, Business Today among others. Follow him on Twitter @FmuliKE.

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