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Hippo Kills Chinese Tourist Taking Photos at Kenya Lake

The 66-year-old was one of two fatalities at Lake Naivasha over the weekend
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2018 3:30 PM CDT
A hippopotamus charges into the waters of Lake Urema, in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.   (Joshua Daskin via AP)

(Newser) – A Chinese tourist was fatally bitten by a hippo while taking photos of it on a lake in Kenya over the weekend. Per BBC, the 66-year-old, identified as, Chang Ming Chuang, was trying to get a glimpse of the giant mammal at a wildlife resort outside Nairobi when it attacked. The victim suffered serious wounds, while his companion reportedly suffered minor wounds. Chuang was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to the injuries. Chuang's death is one of two hippo-related fatalities that occurred on Lake Naivasha within hours of one another. In the other case, a local fisherman suffered a bite to the chest and died just minutes after rescuers pulled him from the water, per the AP.

At least in the case of the Chinese tourist, area authorities point toward particularly high water levels that have pushed hippos closer to resorts in search of land to graze. In a statement posted Twitter on Sunday, the Kenya Wildlife Service said the hippo believed to have killed Chuang is being tracked. The two deaths, and the four other deadly hippo attacks on Naivasha so far this year, underscore just how deadly the animals can be. Wildlife service spokesman Paul Udoto told the AP that hippos and lone buffalos pose the greatest danger to humans in the region. The hippo in particular is considered to be the world's deadliest large land mammal. (Read more hippopotamus stories.)

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