Last Updated at: 2020-10-28 00:12:42
A 15-year-old standard Eight candidate is healing wounds after he was attacked and severely injured by a hippopotamus at Nyamnwa Beach in Bondo sub-county. Austin Onyango was attacked by the scamp hippo and seriously hurt on the leg.
His father Meshack Okuku confirmed the incident stating that the boy was at the lakeshore together with his friends when the mammal which had left to feed outside the lake attacked and seriously wounded him.
Siaya County Beach Management (BMU) network chairman Okuku, said that cases of hippo attacks have grown rampantly in many beaches all over the county.
"We are calling upon the government to intervene and curb the attacks," said Okuku suggesting that the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) should ascertain a way of restraining or managing and controlling the dangerous animals.
The pupil was treated at the Bondo sub-county hospital and released to go back home where he is nursing his wounds.
Hippo attacks have greatly increased lately around Lake Victoria inviting the attention of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) over the emerging human-wildlife crisis.
Less than 4 weeks ago, a hippopotamus engaged and drag a child to his death in Lake Victoria as screeching masses hopelessly hit the creature with rocks.
The class 8 candidate was playing by Lake Victoria shore in Mbita beach as men and women washed clothes nearby when the hippo dived on him and pulled him inside the deep point of the lake.
This year on June, a 9-year-old pupil was attacked by a hippopotamus at Lake Victoria's Nyamagonglo beach in Bondo Sub-County on Saturday eventide.
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