NYDailyNews A hippopotamus attacked and killed a suburban Detroit woman while she was on safari in Africa. Carol Kirken, 75, was visiting Tanzania with her family last week when the massive herbivore attacked her. Kirken, a business woman active in her community, quickly died in her son’s arms, her family wrote in a post for a Michigan funeral home. “Having past 75 years old, she was resolutely shooting for 100. She would have surely achieved it if not for this accident,” her grieving relatives wrote. “We are shocked and saddened at her early departure from our lives.” The family didn’t say what prompted the hippo to attack Kirken last Saturday, but the mammals are known to use their large teeth to defend against anything they deem a threat. Kirken had posted as late as the day she died about witnessing a large animal migration, local Fox affiliate WJBK reported. She worked for some time at cosmetics firm Arbonne International, where she was a national vice president, according to her family. Kirken lived in Rochester Hills, a community north of Detroit where she was involved in multiple philanthropies. “She was just a rocket of passion and enthusiasm,” Randy Secontine, who sat on the board to the local YMCA with Kirken, told the Detroit Free Press.
Sad news out of Africa, as an American tourist from Michigan who was enjoying a safari with her family was attacked by a hippopotamus, and later died of her injuries. There is no word on what prompted the hippo attack, and of it happened on land, or on water where very territorial hippos often overturn canoes or rafts that enter their space. Despite being herbivores, hippos kill more humans than any other mammal on earth, they are extremely dangerous due to their large size and the fact that they violently protect their turf. If you are on land, and you get between a hippo and the water or a mother hippo and it’s calf, you are in serious trouble. If you on a boat in a river, and you float into a hippo’s territory, you are in serious trouble. There are cases of hippos overturning boats, humans being ejected into the river, and then the human being killed by a crocodile which inhabits the same water. If you are visiting Africa, approach the river with extreme caution, if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time it could lead to instant death.
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