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Kenya's killer hippo shot dead

The animal attacked a Taiwanese tourist who came too close to it

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Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) officials have shot the hippo that killed a Taiwanese tourist on Sunday at a resort in Lake Naivasha, 90km (56 miles) north-west of the capital, Nairobi, Nairobi News reports.

KWS warden Nelson Cheruiyot said the animal was shot hours after the deadly attack.

“Our officers tracked and shot the animal after the incident,” said Mr Cheruiyot.

Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was bitten in the chest by the hippo he was trying to photograph.

He had been tracking the animal near the Sopa hotel. A second tourist, also from Taiwan, was injured.

Witnesses said the two had come too close to the animal. The bitten man was rushed to hospital bleeding profusely but later died.

Six people have been killed by hippos in the area this year.

High water levels have seen hippos - the world's deadliest large land mammal - stray on to resorts for pasture.

 

 

Source: bbc.com