The hippo who attacked two men identified as Chang Ming Chuang, 66 (the deceased), and the survivor as Wu Peng Te, 62, has received lots of condolences from Kenya sympathizers who disagree with Wildlife services act.
Although officials say the tourists were from China, Taiwan’s foreign ministry said the two were from the self-ruled island.
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Chang Ming Chuang was pronounced dead on arrival at the Naivasha District Hospital, while the other tourist survived the attack on Saturday evening, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
Naivasha is a city on the lake 90 km northwest of the capital, Nairobi.
After a severe drought last year, Kenya had several months of heavy rain this year that caused serious flooding, including around Lake Naivasha. Read the angry Kenyan community comments below.
There are always reports of Kenyans being killed by wild animals and their crops destroyed, how come no action is ever taken?!— 🇰🇪 Waitimù (@SpearMkenya) August 13, 2018
I did my internship with KWS, and specifically problem animal control. Standard procedure for any animal that kills a human is to kill it, at least, that's what happened in the early 2000s.— Moses Njenga (@mosesnjai) August 13, 2018
Whats the rationale behind that?— wanjohi kamau (@kamau_wanjohi) August 13, 2018
I don't get it too, it doesn't take an animal expert to know that if you get to a wild animal's territory, or you come too close for it's comfort, it will attack you as a defensive mechanism, why was that foreigner allowed to get that close and then shoot dead an innocent hippo?— 🇰🇪 Waitimù (@SpearMkenya) August 13, 2018
Why would the hippo be killed? Because it killed a white skinned foreigner in its own habitat? How many Kenyans have been mauled and nothing happens? That hippo was in its habitat, the tourist was tresspassing, period. @kwskenya the tourist should have been charged in court— HLM (@HLM_mkenya) August 13, 2018
And how exactly did they identify that it was the actual hippo and not another? Paw prints? DNA? Someone snitched? Blood stains? KWS is truly a loony bin whose madmen need to be translocated to Mathare— Dr Frank H. Mkweli (@DrMkweli) August 13, 2018
Kenya Wildlife Services seems to be changing to Killing Wildlife Services!— John Odande (@jodande) August 13, 2018