(NAIROBI, Kenya) – A Chinese tourist was attacked and killed by a hippopotamus as he took pictures on the edge of Naivasha Lake in the Rift Valley, Kenya, just hours after a local fisherman had been killed to death in the same area.

A second Chinese tourist was injured on Saturday night and treated at the local hospital in Naivasha, 91 kilometers southeast of Nairobi, the Kenya Wildlife Service said.

In the same area, a Kenyan fisherman was attacked by another hippo a few miles from where the incident took place with the Chinese, a police officer said.

"The man was bitten on the chest and his injuries were serious and he died a few minutes after he was taken out of the lake," Rift Valley Chief of Criminal Investigation Gideon Kibunja said.

Death killed six people killed so far this year by hippos around Lake Naivasha.

Wildlife Service spokesman Paul Udoto said the circumstances are not clear in which the two Chinese were attacked. He said that attacks on tourists are rare because they are usually protected by leaders.

He said hippos and lonely buffaloes were the biggest threat to humans, and there were many attacks that left civilians and even rangers out of their lives.


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