FILE name: Hippos and solitary buffaloes are the biggest danger to humans and there are many attacks where civilians and even the rangers have lost their lives, officials said.
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A Chinese tourist was attacked and killed by a hippopotamus while taking photos 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.
A second Chinese tourists was injured in the incident Saturday night and received treatment in the hospital in Naivasha, 56 miles km south east of Nairobi, the Kenya Wildlife Service said in a statement.
In the same area, a Kenyan fisherman was attacked by a hippo a few kilometers from where the incident with the Chinese has occurred, a police official said.
“The man was bitten on the chest and his injuries were severe and he died minutes after he was recovered from the lake,” said Rift Valley Head of Criminal investigations Gideon Kibunja.
The death brought to six the number of people that are killed by hippos around Lake Naivasha has so far this year.
Wildlife service spokesman Paul Udoto said the circumstances are not clear in which of the two Chinese were attacked. He said that the attacks on tourists are rare because they are usually protected by the guides.
He said hippos and solitary buffaloes are the biggest danger to humans and there are many attacks where civilians and even the rangers have lost their lives.