Chinese tourist dies after hippo attack in Kenya

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Image The Kenya Wildlife Service said they were tracking the hippo. File pic

The second tourist, named as Wu Peng Te, was treated for minor bruising at Naivasha District Hospital. He was rushed to the hospital but bled to death while receiving treatment.

After a severe drought last year, Kenya had several months of heavy rain this year that caused serious flooding, including around Lake Naivasha.

According to witnesses, the man was in the company of friends taking pictures near Sopa Hotel when the hippo attacked. "This is not the first time", he said.

The animals can weigh up to three tons and kill about 500 people in Africa every year, the BBC reported.

The attack took place Saturday evening at Lake Naivasha, about 58 miles from the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. He died a the scene of the attack.

A local fisherman was also killed by another hippo a few kilometres away the previous day, police revealed.

A hippo in a Colombian zoo. The baby was born on January 28, and is yet to be named.

"We have seen a rise in cases of human-wildlife conflict around the lake and this is mainly due to the encroachment of the riparian land", Kilo who is also an honorary warden indicated. It is more likely that the popularity of hippo meat is the reason for this strategy. Taiwan's foreign ministry has since confirmed that the two tourists involved in the attack were from the self-governed island. "The hippo once ranged from the Nile Delta to the Cape, but now it is mostly confined to protected areas", it added.

Almost 1.5 million tourists visited Kenya a year ago, according to the tourism ministry.

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