Tourist and fisherman killed in Kenya hippo attacks

Tourist and fisherman killed in Kenya hippo attacks

A Chinese tourist died on Saturday in Kenya after being attacked by a hippopotamus on the shores of Lake Naivasha, while another escaped with minor injuries, wildlife authorities announced.

The agency identified the dead man as Chang Ming Chuang, 66, and the survivor as Wu Peng Te, 62, and said they were from China but Taiwan's foreign ministry said the two were from the self-ruled island.

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.

Witnesses say the tourist got too close to the animal, which fatally bit him on the chest.

But David Kilo, chairman Lake Naivasha boat owners association, told The Star that attacks have increased in recent weeks due to increasing development into hippo habitats. "This is not the first time", he said.

Hippos, which are aggressive, have sharp teeth and weigh up to 2,750kg (three tons), kill an estimated 500 people every year in Africa.

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Chang was bitten in the chest while taking pictures on the edge of the lake.

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

Kilo, who is also an honorary warden, said that closure of wildlife corridors and encroachment of riparian land has contributed to the rising attacks.

They added that they were tracking the hippo.

Kenya earned $1.2 billion from tourism in 2017, with 1.4 million tourists arriving in the country, according to the BBC.

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