The hippopotamus kills the Chinese tourist in the Naivasha lake of Kenya


A Chinese tourist died in Kenya after being attacked by a hippopotamus on the shores of Lake Naivasha, says the wildlife service of the East African nation.

The man, who had been taking pictures, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Naivasha District Hospital, while another tourist survived the attack on Saturday night, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service. "We are tracking the hippopotamus," he said on Twitter on Sunday.

The agency named the dead man as Chang Ming Chuang, 66, and the survivor as Wu Peng Te, 62.

The Chinese embassy did not immediately respond to a call for comments.

On Sunday, the Kenyan newspaper The Star quoted the head of an association of boat owners in Navaisha saying higher than normal levels of water were causing hippos to wander from the lake to nearby farms and hotel properties in search of pasture. Naivasha is a city on the lake 90 km northwest of the capital, Nairobi.

After a severe drought last year, Kenya had several months of heavy rains earlier this year that caused severe flooding, including around Lake Naivasha.

Tourism is one of the country's main sources of foreign exchange and close to 1.5 million tourists visited Kenya last year, according to the Ministry of Tourism.