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The renegade hippopotamus breaks the legs of a fisherman and “removes his organs” in a vicious fatal attack

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Michael Osano’s body was found in Lake Victoria, Kenya, after the fisherman failed to return home. Officials said he was attacked by a hippopotamus that destroyed his boat

A 54-year-old fisherman was tragically beaten to death by a vicious hippopotamus on a lake in Kenya.

Michael Osano went fishing on the evening of January 5 but did not return home that night, and concerned family members began searching for him and his boat the next day.

The family was joined by fishermen in their search for Osano and later found his wrecked boat, with searchers soon after locating and recovering his body from Lake Victoria.

The man’s body had serious injuries believed to be caused by hippo bites.

In a speech on Jan. 7, Samuel Osendo, chairman of the West Karachuonyo Beach Management Unit, said the hippopotamus knocked Osano’s boat over during the attack.

He said: “The hippopotamus broke the legs of the deceased and removed his internal organs before disappearing into the water.”

Osendo expressed concern about the frequent attacks by hippos on the beach and called on the Kenya Wildlife Service to intervene and reduce the conflict between humans and animals.

Rachuonyo North Police Deputy Commander Nelson Omwenga urged fishermen not to operate in areas infested with hippos.

The officer thanked residents for showing solidarity with the family while searching for Osano.

Omwenga said: “The family have reported the matter to us and the body was found in poor condition due to injuries sustained by the wild animal.”

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He urged residents to exercise caution when using the lake to avoid conflict between humans and wildlife.

Osano’s body was taken to the morgue at Kendu Adventist Mission Hospital.

Animal attacks are also on the rise elsewhere in the world, with a retiree in America having to fend off a 300-pound bear rummaging through her trash.

Carol Neighbor, 81, says he only survived the mauling because the bear took her dog with him.

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