25 year-old man attacked and killed by hippo

10 Dec 2014 12:20pm
KAPAKO, 10 DEC (NAMPA) - A 25-year-old man died after he was attacked and killed by a hippopotamus at Kapako village along the Okavango River on Tuesday.
Kapako village is about 20 kilometres west of Rundu in the Kavango East Region.
A 20 year-old man, who was in the canoe with the deceased during the attack, escaped unhurt.
According to a report issued by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) here on Wednesday, the two men were apparently fishing in a canoe when a female hippo attacked them and capsized the canoe, tearing the boat to pieces.
The deceased has been identified as Mukoso Mangundu, a resident of Kapako village.
Alex Siremo, who was also in the canoe, attempted to rescue Mangundu but did not succeed.
Members of NamPol’s Water Wing Unit and officials from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, who were dispatched to the area immediately after the incident, searched the river for the remains of the deceased on Tuesday but nothing was recovered by Wednesday morning.
The search for the remains is to be continued.
Meanwhile, the female hippo which attacked the two men was shot and killed by officials from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism that same Tuesday.
The meat of the hippo was then taken to the house of the deceased to be eaten during the funeral.
(NAMPA)
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