Hippo bite kills Chinese tourist in Kenya

Hippo bite kills Chinese tourist in Kenya

According to kenya Wildlife Services (KWS), Chang Ming Chuang was pronounced dead on arrival at the Naivasha District hospital after being attacked by a hippo.

His colleague Mr Wu Peng Te, 62, who survived the tragic encounter, is recuperating at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort.

A Taiwanese tourist was killed over the weekend in Kenya, bitten in the chest by a hippo that he was trying to photograph.

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

A tourist taking photos has died and another is injured after being attacked by a hippo.

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A boat association owner told the Star that hippos are a particular danger now because high waters have forced the animals into new pasture areas bringing them closer to humans. "We are tracking the hippo", the Kenya Wildlife Service wrote in a tweet. "He died minutes after he was retrieved from the lake", he said.

Two people have been killed in separate hippopotamus attacks in Kenya, according to local officials. "The hippo once ranged from the Nile Delta to the Cape, but now it is mostly confined to protected areas", it added.

Naivasha is a city on the lake 90 kilometres north-west of the capital, Nairobi.

After a severe drought last year, Kenya had several months of heavy rains earlier this year that caused serious flooding, including around Lake Naivasha.

Almost 1.5 million tourists visited Kenya past year, according to the tourism ministry.

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