"My first response was just complete relief because I feared I was inside a croc, and in a weird way there’s some solace being in a hippo. Mr Namasango's body was recovered from the river a few days later. He was born in Africa, amidst war and strife. Hippos' mouths have huge tusks, slicing incisors and a bunch of smaller chewing teeth. The hippo is protected with its tough skin from the bear’s teeth and claws, allowing it to use its large size, around ten times that of a grizzly bear, to defeat the bear. Then down we went again, right to the bottom, and everything went still. But zookeepers did not discover the hippo's injuries until Thursday because he did not leave his pool. He said: "In the wild, we’re the visitors, we’re the intruders. "I could feel this incredible pressure crushing down on my lower back.". It felt as if the bull was making full use of the whole lot as he mauled me – … An explosion at a Saudi cemetery where American and European officials were commemorating the end of World War I … Dubbed "river horses" by the Greeks, hippos spend most of their time in rivers and lakes, and they can hold their breath for several minutes while swimming or diving to depths of several feet. But a … 1)Hippos have been hunted and killed by man to such a degree that over 1,000s of years hippos now view man as a natural enemy and when a mekoro approached in a narrow channel it chose to attack. According to the death certificate the postmortem report showed that Maalim died of hemorrhage due to animal attack (hippo). "I started swimming away but Evans was struggling to stay afloat. He dived back under and was never seen again. His boat, with his two clients still in it, had been lifted half out of the water on the back of the huge bull hippo. ", When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. More than 20 years on from the attack, he said: "If I could undo the day and Evans could still be here and I could have two arms I would in a heartbeat. The hippo attacked because I was invading its territory.". Templer says he remembers frantically … 712. The hippopotamus is a herbivore and its average life span in the wild is 40 years. He said: "We all have s***ty days and I have learned that stuff is going to happen but we get to choose what’s going to happen next. The veteran safari guide was paddling along the Zambezi River when everything suddenly "went dark and quiet" and there was a terrible smell like rotten eggs. "I swam back to him, then suddenly, wham, I was in the hippo’s throat again, but this time my legs were down his throat and he started thrashing me around again.". Their first aid kit and radios were at the bottom of the river, the sun was setting and the crazed hippo was bumping up against the canoe. When they aren't in the water they are usually grazing, basking in the sun or sleeping. "I have a pretty strong faith and I just figure maybe there was something to be done with what happened.". By chance, a medical team was nearby, on an emergency drill, and with their help I stayed alive long enough to reach a hospital with a surgeon. The bull simply went berserk, throwing me into the air and catching me again, shaking me like a dog with a doll. He was saved by sheer luck - the group encountered a rescue team which happened to be practising nearby. ! Possibly the most dangerous animal on the planet, even more so are lone Bulls, this individual carrying the wounds of a Hippo feud !!! I had a bite in the back of my head. The incident happened along the banks of the Okavango River at Siya village in the Kapako constituency. Winner: Hippo . Were if not for some great track interepreatation we may have never found out what happen! I was a mess. I was 27 and owned a business taking clients down the Zambezi river near Victoria Falls. His left arm had to be amputated but surgeons managed to save his other arm and his badly-injured leg. Dominant hippo bulls usually preside over a territory that includes a pod of females. He added: "Evans is bobbing along in the water and then I see this big wave, kind of like a torpedo coming towards a ship, at quite a pace. Paul Templer could be the only person to have been swallowed by the giant animal and miraculously live to tell the bizarre and tragic tale. He warned me he would probably have to take off both my arms and the bottom of my injured leg. In the end, I lost only my left arm – they managed to patch up the rest. We stayed in eyesight as they do attack from the blind side ! "That lasted an odd second and then I thought 'I’ve got to get out of here', but I couldn’t do anything because I’m tightly wedged in his mouth.". But things went horribly wrong when they tried to go around the animals. He was swallowed whole by a hippopotamus — and lived to tell the tale. The tracks in the ground outlined where the fight took … A zoo's much-loved hippo was killed after being attacked by thugs wielding metal bars, knives and rocks. ‘There was no transition at all, no sense of approaching danger. His arm was crushed and … The former guide, now a management consultant and public speaker living in Chicago in the US, said: "The hippo half spit, half choked me out and I burst to the surface, grab a lung full of fresh air and I’m face to face with Evans. All I knew is from my waist up I wasn’t dry but I wasn’t wet either like my legs were. 0. I'd learned to avoid him. EXCLUSIVE: Safari guide Paul Templer lost an arm and had almost 40 bite wounds after he was swallowed and violently thrashed around by a rogue hippo in the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, Our free email newsletter sends you the biggest headlines from news, sport and showbiz. Two years later I led an expedition down the Zambezi and as we drifted past the stretch where the attack had taken place, a huge hippo lurched out of the water next to my canoe. Luckily, he knew first aid and was able to seal the wounds in my chest with the wrapper from a tray of snacks, which almost certainly stopped my lungs from collapsing and saved my life. Hippos are territorial and I knew where he was most likely to be at any given time. I turned just in time to see Evans, who had been flung out of his boat, flying through the air. Hippo attack in Kenya: Fisherman almost mauled to death by hippo at Lake Naivasha Home His colleague, Evans Namasango, drowned after he was knocked out of a canoe during the horrifying incident in his native Zimbabwe in March 1996. Paul Templer, 49, told The Sun Online how the cranky hippopotamus left him with 39 “major” bite wounds and only one arm after the terrifying assault in his native Zimbabwe in 1996. There was no transition at all, no sense of approaching danger. 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Some of the bite marks were so deep his lung was exposed. "Suddenly everything just went dark and quiet. The hippo that attacked had been aggressive towards visitors in the past, knocking Mr Templer out of his canoe on a previous journey. My one arm from the elbow up had been crushed to a pulp and from the elbow down most of the skin had been pulled off it. Watch Queue Queue "I pull up alongside him, lean over to grab him and it’s almost a little too made-for-Hollywood moment with our fingers almost touching. PHOTO: KENYA KAMBOWE KENYA KAMBOWE RUNDU A seven-year-old girl went missing on Thursday after she was attacked by a crocodile when she went with her grandmother to fetch water from the Okavango River. Dad-of-three Mr Templer, 50, told Mirror Online: "I had no idea whatsoever what had hit me. From Hippo Attack Survivor to Philanthropist, Adventurer & CEO, Paul’s Story. "I was sitting in (the hippo's mouth) with my arms pressed to my sides. He is convinced he encountered the same hippo again when one popped out of the water next to his canoe. Boy survives hippo attack. I wriggled as hard as I could, and in the few seconds for which he opened his jaws, I managed to escape. The solid whack I felt behind me took me by surprise. The hippo mauled the fisherman’s arm, shoulder and torso, leaving him covered in blood. Paul Templer, perhaps the most well-known hippo attack survivor, was nearly swallowed whole by one of the huge mammals; he emerged with gaping … We were near the end of the tour, the light was softening and we were taking in the tranquillity. My left arm was crushed to a pulp, blood poured from the wounds in my chest and when he examined my back, Mike discovered a wound so savage that my lung was visible. Mathew Kipkurui … "By the time I got rescued I lost so much blood that my status was inconsistent with life. 7 … The mangled body of an Mpumalanga villager was recovered on Sunday after an adult hippopotamus near the holiday town of Hazyview attacked him. "It was the moment I made the choice (to live) and all the pain came flooding back in and it was so intense that I wished I would die, but I didn't.". One dead hippo with two puncture wounds- one under his chin and one in his neck. After spending her weekends working there, she's learned a few tricks that she thinks fans should know, Coronavirus vaccine priority list confirmed as UK becomes first to approve jab. Email experience@theguardian.com, ‘Hippos’ mouths have huge tusks, slicing incisors and a bunch of smaller chewing teeth.’. BBC News Online investigates. On the night of 16 November about 2 KM from camp and over a kilometere from the nearest water source, a fight ensued between a Hippo bull and a White rhino Bull. As he lay bleeding he asked about Mr Namasango but was told: "He's gone, mate.". Paul's left arm was completely crushed, and blood poured from the various wounds up and down his body - one so deep his colleague told him his lung was visible. 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He faced a lengthy physical recovery in the following months and years, and the deadly attack continues to haunt him. "His tusks tore into my torso and now my legs are hanging out of one side of his mouth and my arms and my head and my shoulder are outside the other. We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story. I screamed so loudly that those with me said they'd never heard anything like it. Mr Templer tried to grab his holstered gun, a .357 Magnum revolver, but the hippo was thrashing him around so violently that he couldn't get his hands on the weapon. Mr Templer, who owned the safari company, said: "There was this loud thud behind me and I knew that thud. But the hippo then surged to the surface and spit him out again. He turned around and paddled towards Mr Namasango in a desperate attempt to save him. Very territorial vegetarians. Then I turned my boat and paddled furiously towards Evans. 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Alfred Dube’s body, with deep bite marks to his torso, was found trampled in a thicket over 10m from the Sabie River by … Hippos have been known to kill people, even though they're vegetarians. Blood rose from my body in clouds, and a sense of resignation overwhelmed me. He said: "I was relatively calm and I remember wondering who could hold their breath the longest. Attempts were made to find and kill the rogue hippo, but he seemed to have gone into hiding. He said the wounds might have been from an ice pick. Paul Templer is living proof that your life can change in an instant… and when it does, if you want to… you get to choose what’s possible and what happens next. At first glance this looks to be an horrific flesh wound. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. This video is unavailable. It was the sound of a hippo hitting a canoe. The wound, though large appears to be clean and free of infection. I remember looking up through 10 feet of water at the green and yellow light playing on the surface, and wondering which of us could hold his breath the longest. When I looked at him I could see he was absolutely terrified and in the grips of panic. Maalim had wounds in the right cheek and forehead, cut wounds in the scalp, deep cut wound in the abdomen right and left side, extension of internal organs small intestines. The hippopotamus is the world's deadliest large land mammal, killing about 500 people a year in Africa. Adult hippos can weigh up to 8,000lbs and grow larger than a car, with a length of up to 15ft and a shoulder height of almost 6ft. The terrifying attack has left the boy traumatised. Paul Templer, perhaps the most well-known hippo attack survivor, was nearly swallowed whole by one of the huge mammals; he emerged with gaping chest wounds … Elephants use their large body size and tusks to take care of threats. I shouldn’t have been alive.". It was only then that I realised I was underwater, trapped up to my waist in his mouth. Map locates attack in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia Associated Press. "You could see part of a lung through a hole in my back. Gustavito was a hippo living in a zoo in El Salvador, where he’d lived for 13 years after being born and raised in Guatemala. Mr Templer wasn't supposed to be on the trip - he stepped in as a last-minute replacement for a guide who had come down with malaria. I'd been working this stretch of river for years, and the grouchy old two-ton bull had carried out the occasional half-hearted attack. Mr Templer, who weighed about 200lbs at the time, was in a fight for his life and the odds weren't in his favour - the hippo is the world's deadliest large land mammal, killing about 500 people a year in Africa. FMD breaks out in Kavango West. Mr Templer, then 27, and fellow guides were taking six tourists on a canoe trip near Victoria Falls when they came across a group of hippos in the crocodile-infested river in Africa. That day I'd taken clients out with three apprentice guides – Mike, Ben and Evans – all in kayaks. Zoo attacks in the UK are thankfully rare occurrences. Apparently, they kill hundreds of people each year. The former guide, who has written a book called What’s Left of Me, said the group kept a safe distance from the school of hippos which included the aggressive male weighing about 8,000lbs, almost twice the weight of a Land Rover. 1 months ago. Do you have an experience to share? Watch Queue Queue. There was a cluster of rocks nearby and I yelled at the nearest apprentice to guide everyone there, to safety. he hippo who tried to kill me wasn't a stranger – he and I had met before a number of times. Without any painkillers, it took eight hours for him to get to a hospital for the first of multiple surgeries to keep him alive. He has since launched the Templer Foundation which helps people affected by post traumatic stress disorder and terminally ill and disabled children and their families. RUNDU – A six-year-old boy survived an attack by a hippopotamus on Sunday and in the process suffered deep wounds when his legs were crushed by the giant animal in Kavango West. He said: "I was looking under my arm and I saw hippo with its mouth wide open. It felt as if the bull was making full use of the whole lot as he mauled me – a doctor later counted almost 40 puncture wounds and bite marks on my body. Two years after the attack, he paddled the length of the 1,600-mile Zambezi with one arm, a month-long journey that proved to be "cathartic" for him. Hippos are significantly larger than grizzly bears and are speedy themselves, so they quite able to attack. Hippos are territorial and I knew where he was most likely to be at any given time. Mr Templer, who suffered almost 40 severe bite wounds, said: "I was a mess. A man has told of how he was swallowed by an angry hippo - and survived. When the hippo spat him out a second time, he came up for air and tried to swim away, but he was attacked again. One of the programmes, Erin's Light, is named after his 14-year-old daughter, who is profoundly cognitively impaired. As he ran his fingers through bristles on a snout he realised he was lodged headfirst down the throat of a massive hippopotamus that had gone "berserk". The former British Army serviceman miraculously escaped the rogue hippo's jaws and survived despite suffering gruesome injuries that resulted in his left arm being amputated. Care home residents and carers will be first to get the new Covid-19 vaccine - the first in the world to be cleared for clinical use. Hippos, which National Geographic calls one of the most aggressive animals on Earth, kill 500 people in African countries each year. There was a terrible, sulphurous smell, like rotten eggs, and a tremendous pressure against my chest. I reached over to grab his outstretched hand but as our fingers were about to touch, I was engulfed in darkness. During the life-or-death struggle he had an eerie feeling of relief that he wasn't trapped in the jaws of a crocodile. I've no idea how long we stayed under – time passes very slowly when you're in a hippo's mouth. I'd learned to avoid him. I'd bet my life savings it was the same hippo, determined to have the final word. Mr Templer thought he was going to die, telling the group: "Please tell my family I am sorry and I love them.". Find more similar words at wordhippo.com! RISKY BUSINESS: People in the Kavango regions continue to die in crocodile or hippo attacks on the Okavango River. It was the third crocodile attack reported in the Kavango East … I struggled to break free. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. Hippo vs Elephant . A safari guide has revealed how he was attacked by a hippopotamus and swallowed head first by the beast which left him with only one arm and 39 ‘major’ bite wounds. I swam towards Evans, but the hippo struck again, dragging me back under the surface. Mike was still waiting for me in his kayak and managed to paddle me to safety. I was 27 and owned a business taking clients down the Zambezi river near Victoria Falls. Front Page News Kavango West. EXCLUSIVE: Safari guide Paul Templer lost an arm and had almost 40 bite wounds after he was swallowed and violently thrashed around by a rogue hippo in the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe A 38-year-old man is nursing serious wounds at the Nyahururu county referral hospital after he was attacked by a hippopotamus. Synonyms for wounds include injures, hurts, damages, harms, cuts, lacerates, gashes, maims, mutilates and pierces. "Blood started bubbling out of my mouth because I had internal injuries. It is hard to know the cause of the wound -most likely it was another hippo but a lion or crocodile attack are outside possibilities. My arms were trapped but I managed to free one hand and felt around – my palm passed through the wiry bristles of the hippo's snout. It dived back under as he screamed at the top of his lungs. It was as if I had suddenly gone blind and deaf. RUNDU – A six-year-old boy survived an attack by a hippopotamus on Sunday and in the process suffered deep wounds when his legs were crushed by the giant animal in Kavango West.