Chinese tourist dies after hippo attack in Kenya

Blanche Robertson
August 12, 2018

Another Chinese tourist was injured in the incident on Saturday night and received treatment in the local hospital in Naivasha, 91 kilometres (56 miles) south east of Nairobi, the Kenya Wildlife Service said in a statement.

Two people including a Chinese national were over the weekend killed by hippos in two different incidents in Lake Naivasha.

A witness, Joel Ochieng said the foreigner got too close to the animal which turned against, him biting him on the chest.

The second tourist, named as Wu Peng Te, was treated for minor bruising at Naivasha District Hospital. He said the victim was "bleeding profusely".

Hippos, which are aggressive, have sharp teeth and weigh up to 2,750kg (three tons), kill an estimated 500 people every year in Africa.

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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. He died at the scene.

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

"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.

Naivasha police boss Samuel Waweru confirmed both incidents and mentioned that the bodies were taken to the mortuary.

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