Another hippo attack has occurred at the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).
A 50-year-old woman sustained injuries
Authorities at the facility confirmed the hippo attack recently. A 50-year-old woman was attacked and sustained injuries. The incident occurred on the eastern shore of Saint Lucia Lake.
Preliminary reports show that the victim and two others made their way into an unprotected wetland. The area reportedly has clear warning signs that declare the vicinity is a wildlife habitat for both hippos and crocodiles.
The trio were planning to go for a swim when the attack happened
Spokesperson for the Isimangaliso Wetland Park Bheki Manzini stated that a hippo was grazing in the bush when it attacked the woman. The 50-year-old was left with severe injuries on her left leg.
“A hippo which was grazing in the bush, attacked her and left her with severe injures on the left leg and she is currently receiving medical attention at a private hospital in Durban,” said Manzini
It is alleged that the trio were planning to go for a swim in the lake, report EWN.
Woman, 59, mauled to death by hippo while allegedly harvesting incema
Earlier this year, it was reported that a 59-year-old woman was mauled by hippos at the iSimangaliso Wetland Park on Friday, 10 June. The woman died after the attack that took place at 5:00 on the western shore of Lake St Lucia.
Spokesperson for the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority Bheki Manzini said three individuals, including the woman, allegedly went into the nearby wetland. This area is a habitat for wildlife such as hippos and crocodiles.
Manzini said the individuals were allegedly trying to harvest incema (African grass mat), without permission. He revealed that the other two people escaped unharmed. Manzini explained that incema season commences in May every year. Read the full story here.
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