Hippo at­tacks Amer­i­can tourist

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A 37-YEAR-OLD Amer­i­can tourist was rushed to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal in Vic­to­ria Falls with a frac­tured leg yes­ter­day morn­ing af­ter she was at­tacked by a hippo while ca­noe­ing on the Zam­bezi River.

Mrs Chris­tine Yal­dor was ca­noe­ing with her hus­band whose de­tails Sun­day News could not im­me­di­ately get.

They had booked with one of the op­er­a­tors for a mid-morn­ing ca­noe­ing ad­ven­ture, sources said. Mrs Yal­dor and her hus­band were sud­denly at­tacked by the hippo when their boat came closer to the an­i­mal as they en­joyed sail­ing in the river. A wit­ness said:

“They came too close to the hippo and it pan­icked and at­tacked their boat. The woman was in­jured on her right leg in the process.”

Zim­babwe Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity spokesper­son Mr Ti­nashe Farawo con­firmed the in­ci­dent.

“I can con­firm that an Amer­i­can woman was at­tacked by a hippo while ca­noe­ing. She sus­tained some in­juries on her leg but she has been since treated and the wound dressed,” he said.

Mr Farawo urged tourists and mem­bers of the pub­lic to be care­ful and avoid con­tact with wild an­i­mals as they could eas­ily get ag­i­tated and at­tack.

“Our mes­sage re­mains the same, we urge tourists to be vig­i­lant and ex­tra care­ful. Never un­der­es­ti­mate these an­i­mals. Sim­ply stay away from them. Let us be care­ful and avoid un­nec­es­sary deaths and in­juries,” he said.

Mrs Yal­dor’s con­di­tion could not be as­cer­tained by the time of go­ing to print.

In Septem­ber, an­other tourist from Ger­many was flown to South Africa for ur­gent med­i­cal at­ten­tion af­ter he was at­tacked by an ele­phant he was try­ing to pho­to­graph.

The tourist was in the com­pany of his wife and was res­cued by some cu­rio ven­dors who scared the jumbo away.

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