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A tourist and a fisherman were killed in separate attacks by rampaging hippos in different parts of the same lake.
The incidents took place just a few kilometres apart in Lake Naivasha, west of Nairobi, Kenya, this weekend.
Chinese man Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was taking photos alongside his colleague when he got too close to the hippo.
He was mauled and was quickly rushed to hospital “bleeding profusely” but died while undergoing treatment.
Witness Joel Ochieng told Standard Media in Kenya the man 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,” he said.
In the second case, a fisherman was attacked by another hippo a few kilometres away.
He was also bitten on the chest and his injuries were so serious he died within minutes.
Since the start of the year, six people have been attacked and killed by hippos around the lake.
This also comes just one week after American tourist Carol Kirken was attacked and killed by a hippo while on holiday in Tanzania with her family.
The 75-year-old, from Michigan, died in the arms of her son, Robert.
Her family wrote in her obituary: “Having (passed) 75 years old, she was resolutely shooting for 100. She would have surely achieved it if not for this accident.”
Chairman of Lake Naivasha Boat Owners Association David Kilo said the rise in water levels has contributed to the hippo attacks.
He said when the water rises, pasture for the hippos is reduced forcing the animals to stray into nearby hotels and farms.
“The hippo that attacked the Chinese was looking for pasture near the hotel when the incident occurred. This is not the first time,” he told The Star, Kenya.
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