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A FLORIDA woman is lucky to be alive af­ter be­ing vi­ciously at­tacked by a rag­ing hippo while ca­noe­ing in Africa!

Kris­ten Yal­dor and her hubby Ryan were on a ca­noe trip down the Zam­bezi River when they en­coun­tered the pro­tec­tive mother hippo with her young calf.

The mas­sive an­i­mal burst out of the wa­ter and at­tacked, cap­siz­ing the cou­ple’s ca­noe. Ryan quickly swam to shore, but the hippo pulled Kris­ten un­der­wa­ter. When Ryan turned back for his wife, she popped out of the wa­ter, her right leg in the beast’s mouth! Its teeth had ripped into her fe­mur, shat­ter­ing it!

De­spite her in­jury, Kris­ten man­aged to punch the an­i­mal un­til it let her go, said a source. Kris­ten’s al­ready un­der­gone two ma­jor surg­eries — and there may be more to come. How­ever, her fam­ily is thank­ful she’s alive.

“If one of those teeth hit her femoral artery, we would prob­a­bly be plan­ning a funeral,” said mother-in-law Mar­tine Yal­dor, a South Africa na­tive. “She was in­cred­i­bly lucky.”

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