A grade three pupil is now Fighting for his life at St Camillus Hospital in Suba Sub County after he was attacked by a vicious hippo earlier today. The incident occurred at around 6 am in the morning.
The 11-year-old boy is said to have gone to fetch water from Lake Victoria with his friends at Nyandiwa beach when the rogue hippo charged at him out of nowhere. The boys responded in haste and ran for their dear life. Unfortunately, one boy by the name of Peter Otieno was nabbed by the hippo at the thigh and struggled effortlessly to break free from the hippo’s grasp.
The other minors raised an alarm to the nearby fishermen who scared away the hippo before it could do any more damage to the already injured boy. They chased away the lone hippo by screaming and shouting at it.
The boy was rushed to a nearby clinic within the Nyandiwa Market center for first aid treatment because he was bleeding profusely from the wounds he sustained during the attack. He had prominent bite marks on the thigh and abdomen as well as a broken leg. He was later rushed to St Camillus Hospital for specialized treatment. The doctors have said that he is still in a critical condition and he is fighting for his dear life at the moment. He cannot speak nor eat because he is still writhing in pain. Suba Sub County Beach Management unit Chairperson William Onditi confirmed the incident and said that the boy was a student at Kikubi Primary School. He advised parents against sending their children to fetch water from Lake Victoria at odd hours. He said that should a minor have to go the shores to fetch water or bathe, he or she should be escorted by an adult so that such incidents could be avoided.
The residents of the area have asked for the intervention of the government through the Kenya Wildlife Service to help them mitigate the cases of these hippo attacks that have now become rampant in the area. They have urged the KWS officers in the area to erect fences at the breeding grounds of the hippos so that they do not stray and attack the residents around the area. They have also threatened to butcher the hippos if the hippos continue to be a menace in the area.
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