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Hippo kills Australian tourist in Kenya
Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/1/05 | Antony Gitonga - AP

Posted on 03/01/2005 7:25:35 PM PST by NormsRevenge

NAIVASHA, Kenya (AP) - A hippopotamus flipped and trampled an Australian tourist to death at a popular resort in central Kenya, police said Tuesday.

Vicky Elizabeth Bartlett, 50, was with a group of 12 tourists at Lake Naivasha on Monday night when the hippo attacked, said Simon Kiragu, the regional police chief.

"The hippo attacked the woman, flipping her into the air before tossing her on the ground and trampling her," he said.

Bartlett was rushed to a hospital but died while undergoing treatment. No one else was injured in the attack.

Wilflife experts say hippos can pose extreme danger to humans. The animals come on shore at night to graze and will attack anything that comes between them and the water, where they feel safe.

The attack took place at Fisherman's Camp, a popular lakeside campground, where signs warn tourists to beware of hippos after dark.

John Mwangi, the group's tour guide, said the woman had seen a hippo the night before and was going to look for one again without telling him. The group was on its way to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.


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Wilflife(sic) experts say hippos can pose extreme danger to humans. The animals come on shore at night to graze and will attack anything that comes between them and the water, where they feel safe.
1 posted on 03/01/2005 7:25:36 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

da hippo probably thought it was hillary!

(/s)


2 posted on 03/01/2005 7:26:52 PM PST by ken21 ( warning: a blood bath when rehnquist, et al retire. >hang w dubya.< dems want 2 divide us.)
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To: NormsRevenge
I live a few miles from PETA's headquarters in Norfolk, VA, and I can just see the new billboard now:

Hippo's 1
Human's 0

3 posted on 03/01/2005 7:27:49 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: NormsRevenge

Rosie O'Donnell was in Kenya?


4 posted on 03/01/2005 7:28:08 PM PST by MisterRepublican ("Itís my belief that (insert conspiracy), originated with Karl Rove and the White House.")
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To: mhking

I heard the other day that Hippos kill more humans each year than any other animal.
I thought that were kidding. Maybe not.


Ping?


5 posted on 03/01/2005 7:28:13 PM PST by Dashing Dasher (Once you lose your fear, you become the people you once envied....)
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To: NormsRevenge
hippos can pose extreme danger to humans

Even I know that, although I can remember where I read or saw it.

Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness or one of the science channels?

6 posted on 03/01/2005 7:29:06 PM PST by benjaminjjones
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To: NormsRevenge

More people are killed by hippos than by any other creature. They are extremely ferocious and terrifyingly agile in water. On land they can be a charging freight train. As mention, hippos are a very skittish creature that would rather attack than run or swim away.


7 posted on 03/01/2005 7:30:12 PM PST by SaltyJoe ("Social Justice" begins with the unborn child.)
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To: NormsRevenge
One can't reason with a hippo.
8 posted on 03/01/2005 7:30:58 PM PST by Benrand
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To: NormsRevenge

"Honey, I cant' get you in the frame. Move closer...a bit more!!! Now lean in!"


9 posted on 03/01/2005 7:32:04 PM PST by socal_parrot (Tryin' to reason with El Nino season.)
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To: NormsRevenge
No! Bad hippo!
10 posted on 03/01/2005 7:32:26 PM PST by RichInOC (Rich's Undeniable Truth of the Day: Hippos may look cute and cuddly, but they're not.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Africa's second deadliest scores again...


11 posted on 03/01/2005 7:32:45 PM PST by null and void (They aren't character flaws, they're character embellishments...)
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To: Dashing Dasher

Nope. Second deadliest animal in all of Africa. Wanna guess who's on first?


12 posted on 03/01/2005 7:33:52 PM PST by null and void (They aren't character flaws, they're character embellishments...)
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To: SaltyJoe

Correction: In Africa, more people are killed by Hippos every year than by any other large animal. Several hundred a year.

However, in Africa, and in the rest of the world, more people are killed by SNAKES (20,000+) every year than by any other critter.

(With credits to Animal Planet)


13 posted on 03/01/2005 7:34:05 PM PST by Al Simmons (4-time 'W' voter, 1994-2004.)
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To: Al Simmons

Still not #1...


14 posted on 03/01/2005 7:35:27 PM PST by null and void (They aren't character flaws, they're character embellishments...)
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To: NormsRevenge

hungry, hungry hippos.
(Or was it `hippies'?)


15 posted on 03/01/2005 7:36:43 PM PST by OkieDoke
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To: benjaminjjones
Even I know that, although I can remember where I read or saw it.

Pretty much any animal show.  Hippos kill more humans than any other animal in Africa.

A hippo can beat a crocodile in a fight.

16 posted on 03/01/2005 7:37:05 PM PST by usgator
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To: null and void

Idi Amin?


17 posted on 03/01/2005 7:37:43 PM PST by Dashing Dasher (Once you lose your fear, you become the people you once envied....)
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To: OkieDoke

I knew someone would bring that classic kiddie game up.


18 posted on 03/01/2005 7:37:44 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: null and void

elephant?


19 posted on 03/01/2005 7:38:10 PM PST by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: usgator
Hippos kill more humans than any other animal in Africa.

Save one. (Maybe two if you count snakes)...

20 posted on 03/01/2005 7:38:10 PM PST by null and void (They aren't character flaws, they're character embellishments...)
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To: OkieDoke
hungry, hungry hippos

LOL!!! Used to play this game with my daughter, thanks for the trip down memory lane!

21 posted on 03/01/2005 7:38:19 PM PST by usgator
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To: NormsRevenge

Her last words were "Where are the !#@$# Kangaroos?"


22 posted on 03/01/2005 7:38:28 PM PST by kinghorse
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To: null and void
Save one.

Forgot about mankind

23 posted on 03/01/2005 7:39:34 PM PST by usgator
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To: Dashing Dasher

Right species. He's hardly unique. *sigh*

You get a gold star today...


24 posted on 03/01/2005 7:39:35 PM PST by null and void (They aren't character flaws, they're character embellishments...)
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To: usgator

loved playing it with my daughter too! Now she's a teenager and I'm just hippo-s***. sigh


25 posted on 03/01/2005 7:40:19 PM PST by OkieDoke
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To: usgator
And they are so cute!


26 posted on 03/01/2005 7:40:24 PM PST by Dashing Dasher (Once you lose your fear, you become the people you once envied....)
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To: usgator

Yup. We're our own worst enemies.


27 posted on 03/01/2005 7:40:25 PM PST by null and void (They aren't character flaws, they're character embellishments...)
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To: null and void

28 posted on 03/01/2005 7:41:02 PM PST by Dashing Dasher (Once you lose your fear, you become the people you once envied....)
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To: NormsRevenge
Yeah, those hippos are friggin' MEAN.

One of those nature programs showed how hippos live in the same lakes as these huge crocs/alligators -- and the baby hippos swim around untouched because the crocs know better.

29 posted on 03/01/2005 7:41:06 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: cyborg

No. Jackass-D.


30 posted on 03/01/2005 7:41:10 PM PST by null and void (They aren't character flaws, they're character embellishments...)
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To: Dashing Dasher

Hilary?


31 posted on 03/01/2005 7:41:15 PM PST by usgator
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To: null and void

Krill?

;)


32 posted on 03/01/2005 7:41:51 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Al Simmons; null and void
"However, in Africa, and in the rest of the world, more people are killed by SNAKES (20,000+) every year than by any other critter."

The reason is that snakes are all over Africa. Hippos are gathered in a few areas.

The mambas and the bushmasters are greatly respected in all of Africa among the natives in the bush, but they know the territorial range of these snakes. They stay out of their area.

In Kenya and Tanzania the hippos area is anywhere there's a river, and they'll kill without warning.

33 posted on 03/01/2005 7:42:02 PM PST by TexasCowboy (Texan by birth, citizen of Jesusland by the Grace of God)
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To: NormsRevenge

vacation in kenya? what, hell was booked up?


34 posted on 03/01/2005 7:42:16 PM PST by smonk
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To: usgator

It's not quite her time. (And that time will be cut short)


35 posted on 03/01/2005 7:42:22 PM PST by null and void (They aren't character flaws, they're character embellishments...)
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To: martin_fierro
huge crocs/alligators

Pretty sure it's only crocodiles .... to my knowledge alligators only live in the US and China.

36 posted on 03/01/2005 7:42:56 PM PST by usgator
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To: null and void

You mean a jackass is the deadliest animal in all of Africa? :O)


37 posted on 03/01/2005 7:43:02 PM PST by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: usgator
Hillary dressed for halloween?


38 posted on 03/01/2005 7:43:10 PM PST by Dashing Dasher (Once you lose your fear, you become the people you once envied....)
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To: Calpernia

Who crys for the krill?

(This is a memory lane thread!)


39 posted on 03/01/2005 7:43:18 PM PST by null and void (They aren't character flaws, they're character embellishments...)
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To: smonk
what, hell was booked up?

good one

40 posted on 03/01/2005 7:43:33 PM PST by usgator
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To: Al Simmons

My apologies and thanks. But I bet that the little baby hippo that has a tortoise for a best friend isn't such a bad guy!


41 posted on 03/01/2005 7:43:40 PM PST by SaltyJoe ("Social Justice" begins with the unborn child.)
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To: null and void
It's not quite her time. (And that time will be cut short)

And we are grateful for that.

42 posted on 03/01/2005 7:44:26 PM PST by usgator
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To: cyborg
It was an allusion to democrats/lib-uh-rhuls...
43 posted on 03/01/2005 7:44:33 PM PST by null and void (They aren't character flaws, they're character embellishments...)
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To: null and void

Mosquito, although I have heard in the past it was that mean ass looking buffalo creature.


44 posted on 03/01/2005 7:45:32 PM PST by Torie
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To: null and void

That's a deadly beast indeed... closely related to the parasitic tapeworm or the annoying schisto infestation!


45 posted on 03/01/2005 7:46:20 PM PST by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: smonk

One of the big ecotourist capitals of the world...and life is quite comfortable for tourists. Can't say the same for anyone poor though.


46 posted on 03/01/2005 7:48:18 PM PST by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: NormsRevenge

I guess she was successful finding another hippo.Some people don't understand the danger that a wild animal that weighs a few tons can pose.If I was out there where she was you wouldn't find me anywhere near a hippo or the water after dark.I watched an adult male hippo attack a baby hippo in the most vicious manner on the Discovery channel.They are a powerful and deadly animal.


47 posted on 03/01/2005 7:48:19 PM PST by rdcorso (We Are A Nation Fighting Against The Deadly Disease Of Liberalism)
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To: Torie

What's gnu?


48 posted on 03/01/2005 7:50:51 PM PST by null and void (They aren't character flaws, they're character embellishments...)
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To: Torie

Hmmmmm, Mosquito, and its fellow traveller, Plasmodium.

Maybe #1?


49 posted on 03/01/2005 7:53:39 PM PST by null and void (They aren't character flaws, they're character embellishments...)
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To: rdcorso
If I was out there where she was you wouldn't find me anywhere near a hippo or the water after dark

Reminds me of a 23 yr old girl who went skinny-dipping at night in a lake known to be infested with gators.  She was warned several times not to do it but she went at night with no one around.  The results were predictable.

50 posted on 03/01/2005 7:54:59 PM PST by usgator
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