Woman, 75, killed by hippo while on safari with her family

Michigan woman killed by hippo while on African safari

Rochester Hills woman killed by hippopotamus on African safari

Carol Kirken was with family when it happened.

The detailed circumstances surrounding her death are unclear, with an obituary stating that that she 'died quickly in the arms of her son Robert'.

"Our cherished Carol Kirken died in Tanzania on August 5th".

A registered nurse, she was a doctor recruiter for Crittendon Hospital, and most recently worked as a national vice president for Arbonne Cosmetics Company.

"She was on her annual holiday with family members for an African safari". She would have surely achieved it if not for this accident.

A MI community is mourning the death of a Rochester Hills woman who died in a hippo attack while on vacation with her family in Tanzania. "We are shocked and saddened at her early departure from our lives".

Friends of Carol Sue Kirken said she went to the Rochester Hills YMCA every day because she was a member of the board of directors. A post on August 1 mentioned seeing "many attractive animals today", including four to five hippos and bull elephants.

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Hippos are one of the most risky mammals in the world, and the most unsafe in the whole of Africa. Dominant males can weigh 6,000 pounds or more; females and other males between 3,500 and 4,500 pounds.

Kirken lived in Rochester Hills, a community north of Detroit where she was involved in multiple philanthropies.

Hippos are known to attack anything that might seem threatening to them.


A memorial is planned Sunday, Aug. 20 for Kirken.

Friends and family of Carol Kirken poured out tributes to the woman upon the shocking news of her death.

"Carol was a passionate leader, and she dedicated herself to causes to help those who were less fortunate", Barnette said. "There are few people in the community that you think of that are absolute treasures and Carol is one of those in our community". On his page on Facebook, a woman wrote enthusiastically that he had seen many "great animals", including hippos.

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