Taiwanese tourist was killed over the weekend in Kenya, bitten in the chest by a hippo that he was trying to photograph.
The hippo attack occurred on Saturday evening at a wildlife resort on Lake Naivasha. According to eyewitnesses, 66-year-old Chang Ming Chuang and his companion, another Taiwanese tourist, were tracking the hippopotamus and got too close to the animal.
Chang was bitten in the chest while taking pictures on the edge of the lake. He was rushed to the hospital but bled to death while receiving treatment. Chang’s companion managed to survive the attack with only minor bruises.
Initially, the Kenya Wildlife Serve had identified the two tourists as Chinese, however, Taiwan’s foreign ministry later confirmed that they were actually from Taiwan.
According to The Star, rising water levels have contributed to an increase in hippo attacks recently. Already, six people have been killed by hippos near the lake this year. Back in 2013, a female tourist from Shanghai was attacked and killed by a hippo while walking back to her room near the lake.
Aggressive creatures with very sharp teeth, hippos are considered to be the world’s most dangerous large land mammals, killing an estimated 500 people per year in Africa.