Published: Mon, August 13, 2018

2, including Chinese tourist, killed in Kenya hippo attacks

2, including Chinese tourist, killed in Kenya hippo attacks

A hippopotamus attacked and killed a Chinese tourist in Kenya over the weekend, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said in a tweet Sunday.

In an earlier incident, an illegal fisherman was attacked by another hippo and died on the spot.

The deaths brought to six the number of people who have been killed by hippos around Lake Naivasha so far this year.

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.

His colleague, also from China, was also injured in the incident and is being treated at a local hospital.

According to witnesses, the man was in the company of friends taking pictures near Sopa Hotel when the hippo attacked. The bitten man was rushed to hospital bleeding profusely but later died.

Chairman of Lake Naivasha Boat Owners Association David Kilo noted that the increase in water levels had contributed to the hippo attacks.

They added that they were tracking the hippo.

"The hippo that attacked the Chinese was looking for pasture near the hotel when the incident occurred".

The attack took place Saturday evening at Lake Naivasha, about 58 miles from the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

Kenya has had several months of heavy rains this year which resulted in serious flooding, including around Lake Naivasha.

Tourism is one of the country's main sources of foreign exchange and almost 1.5 million tourists visited Kenya past year, according to the Tourism Ministry.

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