Tourist died and another injured in hippo attack while on safari

Two people were attacked by a hippo – one man died and another was injured during an attack while on a tourist safari at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort in Naivasha, Kenya.

According to DWNews, Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was attacked while taking photos on the shore of the lake. His companion, Wu Peng Te, 62, survived the attack with only minor injuries. Chuang was pronounced dead at the hospital. Witnesses said the men were too close, to the often aggressive animals, when one of the hippos bit Chuang in the chest.

In the same area, a fisherman was attacked and mauled to death by another hippo. There have been six deaths linked to the hippos at Lake Naivasha this year. Attacks on tourists are rare since guides are very protective of the area.

The Kenya Wildlife Service has launched an investigation. Hippos and lone buffaloes pose the greatest danger to humans in the area.

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3 replies
  1. Sue says:

    When you invade the territory of a wild animal, you take your chances. And, when we put things into perspective, compare how many other animals are killed by the human animal with how many of them kill us. The numbers are very unbalanced. Putting together all the species of other animals killed by people, it’s probably in the billions every year. THAT is the tragedy.

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  2. Jan Barnes says:

    Very very sad, but maybe there are too many people in the area, and the wildlife feels threatened–especially those protecting their babies. Let’s respect the hippos and give them their much-needed space!

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