Hippo Attacks Tourists In Kenya, Kills One

A Taiwanese tourist has died after being bitten in the chest by a hippo he was trying to photograph in Kenya. Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was tracking the animal at a wildlife resort on Lake Naivasha, 90km (56 miles) north-west of the capital, Nairobi.

A second tourist, also from Taiwan, was injured. Six people have been killed by hippos in the area this year alone.

High water levels have seen hippos – the world’s deadliest large land mammal stray on to resorts for pasture.

The Kenya Wildlife Service initially identified the two tourists as Chinese but Taiwan’s foreign ministry later confirmed they were Taiwanese nationals.

Witnesses said the two had come too close to the animal near the Sopa hotel. The bitten man was rushed to hospital bleeding profusely but later died.

The second tourist, named as Wu Peng Te, was treated for minor bruising at Naivasha District Hospital.

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