A man has been killed in Free State, South Africa after his pet hippo bit him to death. Marius Els, 40, had allegedly been warned that his attempt to domesticate the animal would lead to disaster.
The 1 tonne hippo lived on Els’ 400-acre farm and swam with humans. Els claimed that his relationship with Humphrey was like a father-son relationship, and that critics didn’t understand. But many people warned that hippos are dangerous animals that can’t be treated as pets.
Sadly, it seems the critics were right. Marius Els’ savaged body was found floating in the same river where Humphrey was found close to death many years ago. Hippos can run at speeds of up to 30mph and are believed to kill more people in South Africa each year than are killed by lions.