Body of hippo attack victim recovered

11 Dec 2014 12:10pm
KAPAKO, 11 DEC (NAMPA) - The body of a 25-year-old man who was attacked and killed by a hippopotamus at the Kapako village along the Okavango River on Tuesday, was recovered on Thursday morning.
The Kapako village is situated some 20 kilometres west of Rundu in the Kavango East Region.
The deceased, identified as Mukoso Mangundu, was found floating in the Okavango River on Thursday morning near the Mupini Health Centre, which is some 10km way from the scene where he was attacked and killed.
His remains were found by members of NamPol’s Water Wing, together with officials from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, who had been searching the area since Tuesday morning after the incident happened.
The remains were then transported to the Rundu State Hospital’s mortuary.
Meanwhile, the 20 year-old Alex Siremo, who was in the canoe with the deceased during the attack, escaped unhurt.
The two men were apparently fishing when a female hippo attacked them, and the canoe capsized.
Siremo attempted to rescue Mangundu, but did not succeed.
The female hippo which attacked the two men was shot and killed by officials from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) on the same day.
The meat of the hippo was then donated to the family of the deceased to be consumed during the funeral.