Tourist killed by hippo while taking pictures in Kenya

A chinese tourist was on Saturday evening attacked and killed by hippo on the shores of Lake Naivasha in Nakuru County

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said the tourist was taking pictures when the attack occured.

According to witnesses, the man was in the company of friends taking pictures near Sopa Hotel when the hippo attacked.

"His colleague survived with minor bruises and was treated at #Naivasha District Hospital".

They added that they were tracking the hippo.

James Omollo told the Star that the foreigner got too close to the animal which turned on him, biting him on the chest.

A Chinese tourist has died in Kenya after being attacked by a hippo on the shores of Lake Naivasha, the East African nation's wildlife service said on Sunday (Aug 12).

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

Chairman of Lake Naivasha Boat Owners Association David Kilo noted that the increase in water levels had contributed to the hippo attacks. He said the victim was "bleeding profusely".

Hippos are considered the most risky land animal in Africa because the world's third largest mammal can be extremely aggressive and territorial.

Naivasha is a city on the lake 56 miles (90km) northwest of the capital, Nairobi.

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

Tourism earned Kenya $1.2bn (£950m) past year, with 1.4 million global arrivals.

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