Lifestyle: Chinese tourist dies in hippo attack in Kenya

The tourist was attacked and killed while taking pictures on the shores of Lake Naivasha

A Chinese tourist was on Saturday attacked and killed by a hippo while taking pictures on the shores of Lake Naivasha in Nakuru County.

Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was tracking the animal at a wildlife resort on Lake Naivasha before the incident happened.

“The man was bitten on the chest and his injuries were serious and he died minutes after he was retrieved from the lake,” said Rift Valley Head of Criminal investigations Gideon Kibunja.

His colleague, Mr Wu Peng Te, 62, was also injured in the incident and is being treated at a local hospital.

The deaths brought to six the number people who have been killed by hippos around Lake Naivasha so far this year.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) spokesman Paul Udoto said the circumstances are not clear in which the two Chinese were attacked.

He said attacks on tourists are rare because they are usually protected by guides.

The wildlife agency said it was tracking the hippo concerned.

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