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Hippo kills tourist in Kenya

A tourist and a local fisherman were attacked and killed by a hippopotamus, at the same lake in Kenya, on the same day.

A hippopotamus attacked and killed a Chinese tourist in Kenya at the weekend, the Kenya Wildlife Service says, an incident that occurred on Saturday evening at Lake Naivasha, about 95 kilometres from the capital Nairobi.

Chang Ming Chuang, 65, was part of a group of Chinese tourists taking photos of the hippo and the surrounding landscape when the animal attacked, CNN reports.

He was taken to the Naivasha District Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Another tourist was injured but survived with minor bruises and is recovering at the Naivasha Sopa Resort, the wildlife service said, adding that it is tracking the hippo.

Just a few hours before this, also on Lake Naivasha, a local fisherman was attacked and killed by a hippo. This makes six people to have been killed by hippos at the lake so far in 2018.

Lake Naivasha Nature Reserve spokesperson Paul Udoto said the details of the attack were still unclear. It is unusual for tourists to be attacked, he added, as they tend to be under the watchful eye of tour guides.

Deadly beast
The hippopotamus is very aggressive, with powerful sharp teeth, and is the world’s deadliest large land mammal, killing around 500 people a year in Africa.

By contrast, just one person was killed by a shark anywhere on the planet in the first half of 2018. The journal Marine Policy says that around 100 million sharks are killed every year by humans – or 11,416 every hour – though in reality this could be closer to 273 million. The vast majority of sharks are killed for their fins to make shark fin soup – a pricey delicacy in China.

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