Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Chinese tourist dies in hippo attack on Kenyan lake

Chinese tourist dies in hippo attack on Kenyan lake

Kenya Wildlife Service named the tourists, but the Chinese embassy in the country has not released a comment at this stage.

A tourist taking photos has died and another is injured after being attacked by a hippo.

Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was tracking the animal at a wildlife resort on Lake Naivasha, 90km (56 miles) north-west of the capital, Nairobi.

The agency said on Twitter that the killer hippo is "being tracked".

James Omollo told the Star that the foreigner got too close to the animal which turned on him, biting him on the chest.

Hippos are considered the most unsafe land animal in Africa because the world's third largest mammal can be extremely aggressive and territorial.

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

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.

"He was rushed to Naivasha sub-county hospital bleeding profusely but he passed on while undergoing treatment", he said.

The attacks brought to six the number people who have been attacked and killed by hippos around the troubled water body since the year began.

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

Tourism earned Kenya $1.2bn (£950m) a year ago, with 1.4 million worldwide arrivals.

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