Only in Kenya: KWS Gun Down Hippo That Killed Taiwanese Tourist at Lake Naivasha

August 14, 2018

Just days after Kenya Wildlife Service wardens killed a giant crocodile and cut it open in search of a girl’s remains in Embu, the officers have now taken down a hippo that is believed to have mauled a Taiwanese tourist at Lake Naivasha.

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The tourist, identified as 66-year-old Chang Ming Chuang, was taking photos with a colleague on Saturday evening when they were attacked by a hippo.

According to the Kenya Wildlife Service(KWS), Mr. Chuang was pronounced dead on arrival at the Naivasha District Hospital while his colleague, 62-year-old Wu Peng Te, sustained minor injuries.

The Wildlife Service on Sunday added that they were tracking the animal, sparking heated reactions on social media from Kenyans who were against the animal’s killing.

But despite the furore, KWS on Monday went ahead and gunned down a hippo. KWS Hells Gate National Park warden Nelson Cheruiyot said it was tracked and shot hours after the incident.

“Our officers tracked and shot the animal after the incident,” said Mr Cheruiyot as quoted by Daily Nation.

As expected, the killing has drawn further condemnation from stakeholders and Kenyans alike who have accused KWS of “acting irresponsibly”.

David Kilo, the chairman Lake Naivasha Boat Owners Association, said that hours before the Saturday incident, another hippo killed a local fisherman but government officers did nothing about it.

“We are saddened by the reaction of KWS officers who acted swiftly when a Taiwanese was killed but were silent when a local was involved,” he said.

Kenyans have also raised questions about how KWS wardens were able to track the particular hippo that killed the tourist.

But a junior KWS officer, who is not authorised to speak to the press, however, defended the killing saying, “We have ways of picking out aggressive animals. We are looking for the other hippo that killed a local fisherman.”

With more questions than answers coming their way, Kenyans have taken to Twitter to express outrage.

There are, however, those who will argue that aggressive animals that violently attack humans are usually taken down to avoid further attacks.

We have sampled some reactions below.

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