Hippo kills Taiwanese tourist in Kenya

A hippo bit and killed a tourist from Taiwan on Saturday in Kenya.
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A hippo bit and killed a tourist from Taiwan on Saturday in Kenya.

Credit: Cameron Spencer

Credit: Cameron Spencer

A hippopotamus attacked and killed a tourist from Taiwan in Kenya over the weekend, the BBC reported.

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Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was following the animal at a wildlife resort at Lake Naivahsa in northwest Kenya on Saturday and attempted to take a photograph when the hippopotamus bit him in the chest, the BBC reported.

David Kilo, the chairman of the Lake Naivahsa Boat Owners Association, told The Star newspaper of Kenya that rising waters have contributed to recent hippo attacks because it reduces the amount of pasture available to graze.

"The hippo that attacked the (tourist) was looking for pasture near the hotel. This is not the first time," Kilo told The Star.

A second tourist, Wu Peng Te, 62, also from Taiwan, was injured in the incident, CNN reported.

According to National Geographic, hippos kill about 500 people in Africa each year.

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