Shut in hippo goes rad­i­cal

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

A ST LU­CIA hippo is no doubt walk­ing around town sport­ing some ‘war wounds’ af­ter an­ni­hi­lat­ing a res­i­dent’s gate in its quest for free­dom.

It ap­pears the hippo made its way into a pan­han­dle prop­erty in Horn­bill Street through an open gate last Wed­nes­day, ob­vi­ously to sam­ple the grass deemed greener ‘on the other side’.

With­out real­is­ing there was a gi­ant hippo in the yard, the res­i­dents later closed the gate.

At­tempt­ing to leave the prop­erty to con­tinue its noc­tur­nal graz­ing through­out the rest of St Lu­cia, the hippo found it­self closed in and pro­ceeded to do what only a crea­ture of its mag­ni­tude can.

It broke down a por­tion of the prop­erty’s brick bound­ary wall and com­pletely de­stroyed the metal gate, leav­ing be­hind much blood and some pieces of flesh in its trail of de­struc­tion.

The in­ci­dent re­it­er­ates that St Lu­cia is not your av­er­age res­i­den­tial town and that there is wildlife around ev­ery corner.

Hip­pos graz­ing the grass verges is an ev­ery­day oc­cur­rence in St Lu­cia, and one which con­tin­ues to wow vis­i­tors, both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional.

The hippo com­pletely de­stroyed the res­i­den­tial gate in its at­tempt to es­cape

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