Chinese tourist dies after hippo attack in Kenya

Chinese tourist dies after hippo attack in Kenya

Chinese tourist dies after hippo attack in Kenya

The number of Chinese tourists visiting the country in 2017 also grew by 11.8 per cent to 53,485.

The deaths are the sixth due to hippo attacks in the area this year, and the BBC says that hippos "kill an estimated 500 people every year in Africa". Taiwan's foreign ministry has since confirmed that the two tourists involved in the attack were from the self-governed island.

The KWS identified the victim as a Chinese tourist.

A witness, Joel Ochieng said the foreigner got too close to the animal which turned against, him biting him on the chest. It forces the hippos to stay away from the water. "This is not the first time", he said.

Already, six people have been killed by hippos near the lake this year. A second Chinese tourist was injured in the attack. He died a the scene of the attack.

Chinese tourist dies after hippo attack in Kenya

Chang was bitten in the chest while taking pictures on the edge of the lake. "His injuries were serious and he died minutes after he was retrieved from the lake", Rift Valley criminal investigations chief Gideon Kibunja told The Associated Press.

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

Kilo, who is also an honorary warden, said that closure of wildlife corridors and encroachment of riparian land has contributed to the rising attacks. It is more likely that the popularity of hippo meat is the reason for this strategy.

They added that they were tracking the hippo.

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

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