Hippo may be killed

2008-07-14 00:00

Nkululeko, the wandering hippo, faces execution.

Durban city manager Dr Michael Sutcliffe said yesterday that since the hippo has entered a residential area, it poses a major threat to people.

“We will be taking action together with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. The hippo will probably be put down as it is the most humane thing to do,” Sutcliffe said.

Police and wildlife organisations are still awaiting a postmortem report before they can decide on a course of action after a hippo is suspected of killing a man at Verulam at the weekend.

The body of Ben Dlamini (60) was found with a deep wound and other injuries to the head area on Saturday night. A postmortem will determine if his injuries were inflicted by a hippo.

Police said a hippo was seen grazing near the Umdloti River that evening. Superintendent Muzi Mngomezulu said there have been no sightings of the hippo since then.

Animal Rights Africa, who were given two weeks to capture Nkululeko, said they sympathise with Dlamini’s family, but added that “we also need to be sure that this person’s death was due to an attack by the hippo”, said spokesman Steve Smit.

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