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Hippo attacks and kills fisherman in Naivasha

Saturday February 1 2020

A hippo on the shores of Lake Naivasha.

A hippo foraging for food on the shores of Lake Naivasha. A man died on January 30, 2020 after he was mauled by a hippo while fishing in Lake Naivasha. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

MACHARIA MWANGI
By MACHARIA MWANGI
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A man on a fishing expedition in Lake Naivasha was on Thursday evening mauled to death by a rogue hippo near Kamere beach.

The incident occurred barely a week after a foreign tourist sustained serious injuries inside a leading hotel in Naivasha in another hippo attack.

According to the Boat Owners Association Chairman David Kilo, the lone fisherman was casting his fishing net in the waters at around 5.30 pm when he was attacked.

The fisherman, he said, sustained serious injuries after he was bitten several times and efforts to save him proved futile.

“He succumbed to the injuries before being rushed to hospital,” said the BOA chairman.

He cautioned fisherman against venturing into the habitats of the ferocious animals that have killed and maimed a number of fishermen and tourists.

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Despite the obvious dangers, unlicensed fishermen continue to endanger their lives by fishing on the edges of Lake Naivasha, areas that are preferred by the semi-aquatic animals.

A majority of the hippo attack victims are youths out to eke out a living from fishing.