Chinese tourist dies after hippo attack in Nakuru

A tourist from Taiwan and a local fisherman were killed in two separate hippo attacks authorities said Sunday

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

A Chinese tourist has died after being bitten in the chest by a hippo he was trying to photograph in Kenya.

His colleague Mr Wu Peng Te, 62, who survived the tragic encounter is recuperating at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort. "We are tracking the hippo", KWS mentioned in a tweet.

Witness James Omollo said the foreigner got too close to the animal which turned against him, biting him on the chest.

David Kilo, chairman of Lake Naivasha Boat Owners Association, told Kenya's Star newspaper that rising water levels had reduced pasture areas for hippos, forcing them on to farms and hotel grounds, and increasing contact between the mammals and humans.

A Chinese tourist has been killed by a hippo while taking pictures at Lake Naivasha.

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"The hippo that attacked the Chinese was seeking pasture near the hotel when the incident occurred and this is not the first time", he said.

"He was rushed to Naivasha sub-county hospital bleeding profusely but he passed on while undergoing treatment", he said.

Naivasha is a city on the lake 56 miles (90km) northwest of the capital, Nairobi.

After a severe drought last year, Kenya had several months of heavy rains earlier this year that caused serious flooding, including around Lake Naivasha.

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

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