Hippo returns to scene of attack, captured

2012-07-16 22:32

Johannesburg - A hippo which bit and gored a KwaZulu-Natal man at his home in St Lucia last week re-appeared in his garden at the weekend, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park said on Monday.

"When the bull that is thought to have been responsible for the Anthony Swatton incident reappeared in his garden on Sunday, the animal was captured and removed by Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal wildlife's game capture team," it said in a statement.

The sedated animal was hoisted into a crate and was taken to the bomas at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi park's game capture centre. It would be sold to a private buyer.

"Visitors are reminded that while the prevalence of wildlife in the village is one of its most popular characteristics and greatest attractions, care must always be taken to stay out of the way of any wild animal," said iSimangaliso Park operations director Herbert Mthembu.

"Hippo in particular can be aggressive when cornered, threatened or separated from water."

Swatton, who is an Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal wildlife employee, was attacked at his home on Thursday, when he went outside to see why his dog was barking.

The hippo bit his left leg and flung him aside before its tusk pierced his abdomen.

He is in a serious condition in the intensive care unit of a nearby hospital.

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-16 23:26

    In several articles its stated that the huppo gored him and tusked him. With what? Look forward to being enlightened...

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-07-16 23:36

    Good work!

  • SaleĆ© Sithwell - 2012-07-17 02:35

    Stay out of the way? The man was in his garden!

      kian.barker.1 - 2012-07-17 08:47

      Read the article carefully and then come to St. Lucia, you will be enlightened.

  • vincent.vinsaint - 2012-07-17 03:33

    He could identify me...let me go back to finish him up...

  • don.quioxte.3 - 2012-07-17 07:45

    Where does NEWS24 find you so-called journalists? "Gored"?? A hippo does not gore or tusk. It simply bites.

      forafrica - 2012-07-17 12:13

      huh ... okay then it must have fangs ... ?? or would it be milk teeth ...

  • adair.lepere - 2012-07-17 08:50

    This hippo's totally gangsta!

  • margaret.mead1 - 2012-07-17 09:03

    Have you ever examined a hippo's teeth? Not only are they huge, but they are really dirty! Hippos are the MOST dangerous animals in Africa. I'm glad this gentleman survived. I hope his injuries are not life threatening. Even survivors of hippo attacks are often severely scarred or damaged for life! I pray that this man will be healed completely.

  • qmuir - 2012-07-17 09:08

    As a residant of St Lucia we have been fortunate to witness these graceful animals, yes graceful they frequent our or their streets each night is search of greener pastures. With hundreds of flashes and pedestrians in close proximity. Vincent (The alleged Hippo) is a household name in the community and could easily be one of the most photographed Hippo's in South Africa. The Hippo has now been transfered to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve to be sold and we only hope that his next home will be as accommodating. Farewell

      forafrica - 2012-07-17 12:21

      maybe this very fact was his turning point ... how ever he left much good genes and will be an excellent addition to any breeding heard ...

      forafrica - 2012-07-17 12:49

      Was just reminded that these animals are hardly graceful ... gracious or graceful about them. Defined by Webster, the words mean the following - Godly, pleasing acceptable, marked by kindness and courtesy, marked by tact and delicacy, charm, good taste, generosity of spirit, merciful and compassionate.

  • teresa.branken - 2012-07-17 17:45

    We all feel for Anthony and his family and the pain and suffering he is going through but I am sure that as a parksboard member he will agree that we are swiftly taking over the wildlife habitat and therefore we have to be vigilant at all times!

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