Saturday, 30 July 2011
BY WAMBUGU KANYI
A primary school teacher in Mwala district has survived a hippopotamus attack. Nicholas Mwanzili was bathing in river Athi in Wamunyu when the hippo attacked him and injured to his upper body and face as he fought it off.
The teacher at Kangii Primary School spoke about the attack from his bed at Bishop Kioko Hospital in Machakos town . “It happened so fast that I did not have time to flee and I resorted to fight it off while screaming for help,” Mwnazili said. Villagers came to his rescue and fought off the animal and freed the terrified and injured teacher. They took him to Machakos hospital as he bled from the wounds inflicted.
He has vowed never to bathe in the river again but urged the Kenya Wildlife Service to relocate the hippos as they have become a danger to humans and attacks are frequent in the area. Mwanzili said five cows have been attacked in the past month and fears that children could also fall victim. Hippos generally fear and avoid humans, and it is only the females who attack when they feel that their calves are threatened.