Skip to comments.Killer hippo shot dead at Munyonyo
Posted on 06/07/2010 2:51:55 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack
THE hippo, which has been terrorising residents in the Lake Victoria belt at Munyonyo, has been killed by rangers from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
UWAs head ranger Paul Naluma, who camped with a colleague at Bunga village, killed the hippo at 6:30am on Sunday.
It was a response to public outcry and advice from the Inspector General of Police, Naluma said.
The hippo is blamed for the death of two brothers who were fishing on the lake on Friday night.
On the same night, the hippo is said to have killed an cow on a farm belonging to Katende at Bunga.
The team from the wildlife authority, assisted by a professional hunter, beheaded the carcass and took the head for cleaning and mounting as a trophy, according to Naluma.
As the UWA team was removing the head, people struggled for the meat. They overpowered the team that was against eating the meat before inspection by a veterinary doctor.
We lost control and people descended on the carcass, chopping it into pieces, said Naluma. Even the policemen who were deployed at the scene were fighting to get a share of the meat.
UWAs acting director Sam Mwandha said wild animals harbour diseases that can be passed on to human beings.
The team on the ground went against our instructions, said Mwandha. Meat has to be inspected and declared safe for human consumption.
Asked whether the population at Munyonyo is now safe and what the long-term plan for the hippos is, Mwandha said there is need to create awareness.
The hippos are not a problem, they survive on grass. said Mwandha. The problem comes when the fishermen get too close to the mother hippos with babies. We have not done a count to establish the numbers, but we suspect they could be about five.
You know what to do :-)
Damn! First she has to retire and now this.
(Had this one on the back burner)
my first glance/take at the headline had me seeing killer hippie
Musta’ been a pit hippo.
I’m SOOOO ...um... edified. (As if I didn’t know the hippo was deadlier than the croc...)
Just, please, don’t make me eat it...*gag*
Once we fire up the grill, meat is meat, and you’d never know where it came from.
Tastes like chicken.
Unless you have guests who REALLY want to know!
Of course, you could lie, as my host did in Pak, and tell me that the goat kabob I was eating was really bovine....
How did I know this was you before I checked? :)
I dunno. Might be good. I could see a nice hippo steak, grilled on an open fire, perhaps served with baked potato. Maybe a little cole slaw on the side.
(Finding the nearest pair of combat boots, unihabited by sox and ~~ ROWLF!!!!)
Could I have a drink of something really nasty, like Heiniken, to wash my mouth out?
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