2 people killed in separate hippo attacks in Kenya

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 13, 2018

Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was savaged by the animal on the shores of Lake Naivasha last night, according to the East African nation's wildlife service.

A Chinese tourist was attacked and killed by a hippo while taking pictures on the edge of Lake Naivasha in Kenya's Rift Valley, just hours after a local fisherman was mauled to death in the same area, authorities said Sunday.

"His colleague survived with minor bruises and was treated at #Naivasha District Hospital. We are tracking the hippo", KWS said in a tweet.

David Kilo, chairman of Lake Naivasha Boat Owners Association, told Kenya's Star newspaper that rising water levels had reduced pasture areas for hippos, forcing them on to farms and hotel grounds, and increasing contact between the mammals and humans.

Witnesses said the two tourists had come too close to the animal near the Sopa hotel.

The attacks brought to six the number of people who have been attacked and killed by hippos in Naivasha since the year began. He said the victim was "bleeding profusely".

Naivasha is a city on the lake 90 km northwest 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.

Tourism earned Kenya $1.2bn (£950m) past year, with 1.4 million global arrivals.

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