2, including Chinese tourist, killed in Kenya hippo attack

Hippos in the Zambesi River

A local fisherman and a Chinese tourist were killed in a single day by hippo attacks in Kenya's Rift Valley, authorities reported.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said the tourist was taking pictures when the attack occured.

Mr Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Naivasha District Hospital.

A Taiwanese tourist was killed over the weekend in Kenya, bitten in the chest by a hippo that he was trying to photograph.

Witness James Omollo said the man got too close to the animal which turned against him, biting him on the chest. "We are tracking the hippo", the Kenya Wildlife Service wrote in a tweet.

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

Hippos are cute but can be deadly allegedly accounting for more human deaths in Africa than any other mammal

But David Kilo, chairman Lake Naivasha boat owners association, told The Star that attacks have increased in recent weeks due to increasing development into hippo habitats. A second Chinese tourist was injured in the attack.

Several people have questioned the rationale of killing the hippo, which they say was provoked in "its natural habitat".

Naivasha is a city on the lake 90 km northwest of the capital, Nairobi.

Kenya experienced heavy rainfall for a lengthy period earlier this year causing floods, coming on the back of a severe drought that hit most parts of the country in 2016 and 2017.

Tourism is one of the country's main sources of foreign exchange and almost 1.5million tourists visited Kenya previous year, according to the tourism ministry.

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