Man recovering after hippo attack

2012-08-15 11:46
Hippo (File, AFP).

Hippo (File, AFP).

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Durban - A man who lost a leg when a hippo savaged him in his garden has started the long road to recovery and is expected to leave hospital in two weeks.

Anthony Swatton, a mechanic with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, was attacked on July 12 in his back yard in St Lucia on the KZN North Coast.

His left leg was amputated halfway up his shin.

Swatton’s sister, Carrie Cunningham, told The Witness from her home in Hilton that the family had received a lot of support.

Her brother has been recuperating at Netcare The Bay Hospital in Richard’s Bay.

In an interview last week, Swatton said he went outside when he heard his dog barking and encountered the hippo.

He described how the animal threw him into the air, breaking three of his ribs.

It also took a bite out of his left leg, cutting through flesh and bone. The attack ended only when Swatton punched the animal on its head.

Swatton’s family has been raising funds to help his rehabilitation.

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