I was a mess. In the end, I lost only my left arm – they managed to patch up the rest. Gustavito was a hippo living in a zoo in El Salvador, where he’d lived for 13 years after being born and raised in Guatemala. He was rescued by a fellow guide and kayaker, named Mack, who dragged him to rocks and tried to stem the flow of blood as Mr Templer went into shock. This old male is king of this stretch of the river...and has the battle scars to prove it. It was the third crocodile attack reported in the Kavango East … Hippo vs Elephant . "I swam back to him, then suddenly, wham, I was in the hippo’s throat again, but this time my legs were down his throat and he started thrashing me around again.". I'd been working this stretch of river for years, and the grouchy old two-ton bull had carried out the occasional half-hearted attack. Without any painkillers, it took eight hours for him to get to a hospital for the first of multiple surgeries to keep him alive. But a … I shouldn’t have been alive.". 0. I'd never heard of a hippo attacking repeatedly like this, but he clearly wanted me dead. Very territorial vegetarians. But things went horribly wrong when they tried to go around the animals. An explosion at a Saudi cemetery where American and European officials were commemorating the end of World War I … I'm convinced, though, that I met him one more time. "By the time I got rescued I lost so much blood that my status was inconsistent with life. 1)Hippos have been hunted and killed by man to such a degree that over 1,000s of years hippos now view man as a natural enemy and when a mekoro approached in a narrow channel it chose to attack. He faced a lengthy physical recovery in the following months and years, and the deadly attack continues to haunt him. BBC News Online investigates. A 38-year-old man is nursing serious wounds at the Nyahururu county referral hospital after he was attacked by a hippopotamus. It is hard to know the cause of the wound -most likely it was another hippo but a lion or crocodile attack are outside possibilities. More than 20 years on from the attack, he said: "If I could undo the day and Evans could still be here and I could have two arms I would in a heartbeat. There was no transition at all, no sense of approaching danger. I've no idea how long we stayed under – time passes very slowly when you're in a hippo's mouth. Winner: Hippo . We stayed in eyesight as they do attack from the blind side ! When the hippo spat him out a second time, he came up for air and tried to swim away, but he was attacked again. All I knew is from my waist up I wasn’t dry but I wasn’t wet either like my legs were. That day I'd taken clients out with three apprentice guides – Mike, Ben and Evans – all in kayaks. The hippo who tried to kill me wasn't a stranger – he and I had met before a number of times. By chance, a medical team was nearby, on an emergency drill, and with their help I stayed alive long enough to reach a hospital with a surgeon. It was as if I had suddenly gone blind and deaf. 7 … His colleague, Evans Namasango, drowned after he was knocked out of a canoe during the horrifying incident in his native Zimbabwe in March 1996. Terrified and in incredible pain, Mr Templer was loaded into a canoe and the group set off to look for help. But zookeepers did not discover the hippo's injuries until Thursday because he did not leave his pool. "I was watching my blood coming out and I was wondering if I was going to bleed to death or if I would drown.". We were near the end of the tour, the light was softening and we were taking in the tranquillity. The web is burning this week with the story of the man who survived being swallowed by a hippo, but what about the people who don’t survive.. Hippos are actually responsible for more human fatalities in Africa than lions or tigers or cheetahs or ostriches or anything else. I seemed to be trapped in something slimy. But the hippo then surged to the surface and spit him out again. Luckily, he knew first aid and was able to seal the wounds in my chest with the wrapper from a tray of snacks, which almost certainly stopped my lungs from collapsing and saved my life. he hippo who tried to kill me wasn't a stranger – he and I had met before a number of times. As he lay bleeding he asked about Mr Namasango but was told: "He's gone, mate.". His boat, with his two clients still in it, had been lifted half out of the water on the back of the huge bull hippo. The hippo lurched suddenly for the surface, spitting me out as it rose. Synonyms for wounds include injures, hurts, damages, harms, cuts, lacerates, gashes, maims, mutilates and pierces. The hippo is protected with its tough skin from the bear’s teeth and claws, allowing it to use its large size, around ten times that of a grizzly bear, to defeat the bear. Possibly the most dangerous animal on the planet, even more so are lone Bulls, this individual carrying the wounds of a Hippo feud !!! The bull simply went berserk, throwing me into the air and catching me again, shaking me like a dog with a doll. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. The former guide, now a management consultant and public speaker living in Chicago in the US, said: "The hippo half spit, half choked me out and I burst to the surface, grab a lung full of fresh air and I’m face to face with Evans. Do you have an experience to share? I reached over to grab his outstretched hand but as our fingers were about to touch, I was engulfed in darkness. "I have a pretty strong faith and I just figure maybe there was something to be done with what happened.". RUNDU – A six-year-old boy survived an attack by a hippopotamus on Sunday and in the process suffered deep wounds when his legs were crushed by the giant animal in Kavango West. Maalim had wounds in the right cheek and forehead, cut wounds in the scalp, deep cut wound in the abdomen right and left side, extension of internal organs small intestines. He was born in Africa, amidst war and strife. I wriggled as hard as I could, and in the few seconds for which he opened his jaws, I managed to escape. I remember looking up through 10 feet of water at the green and yellow light playing on the surface, and wondering which of us could hold his breath the longest. Apparently, they kill hundreds of people each year. Templer suffered close to 40 puncture wounds in the attack. Their first aid kit and radios were at the bottom of the river, the sun was setting and the crazed hippo was bumping up against the canoe. He has since launched the Templer Foundation which helps people affected by post traumatic stress disorder and terminally ill and disabled children and their families. "I turned to see the back of the canoe maybe three feet out of the water atop a hippo and the apprentice guide (Mr Namasango) flying out of it.". RUNDU – A six-year-old boy survived an attack by a hippopotamus on Sunday and in the process suffered deep wounds when his legs were crushed by the giant animal in Kavango West. "You could see part of a lung through a hole in my back. "My other arm was kind of hanging on. Our. He dived back under and was never seen again. His arm was crushed and … Some of the bite marks were so deep his lung was exposed. EXCLUSIVE: Safari guide Paul Templer lost an arm and had almost 40 bite wounds after he was swallowed and violently thrashed around by a rogue hippo in the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, Our free email newsletter sends you the biggest headlines from news, sport and showbiz. 712. EXCLUSIVE: Safari guide Paul Templer lost an arm and had almost 40 bite wounds after he was swallowed and violently thrashed around by a rogue hippo in the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe My foot looked like someone had to beat a hole through it with a hammer. "That lasted an odd second and then I thought 'I’ve got to get out of here', but I couldn’t do anything because I’m tightly wedged in his mouth.". Email email@example.com, ‘Hippos’ mouths have huge tusks, slicing incisors and a bunch of smaller chewing teeth.’. One dead hippo with two puncture wounds- one under his chin and one in his neck. RISKY BUSINESS: People in the Kavango regions continue to die in crocodile or hippo attacks on the Okavango River. "It was the moment I made the choice (to live) and all the pain came flooding back in and it was so intense that I wished I would die, but I didn't.". He said: "We all have s***ty days and I have learned that stuff is going to happen but we get to choose what’s going to happen next. He turned around and paddled towards Mr Namasango in a desperate attempt to save him. 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I'd learned to avoid him. The solid whack I felt behind me took me by surprise. The hippopotamus is the world's deadliest large land mammal, killing about 500 people a year in Africa. Evans' body was found down river two days later. "He threw me up in the air and I did a half twist before I fell back into his mouth and he bit down so hard I thought he was going to bite me in half.". Blood rose from my body in clouds, and a sense of resignation overwhelmed me. FMD breaks out in Kavango West. Dubbed "river horses" by the Greeks, hippos spend most of their time in rivers and lakes, and they can hold their breath for several minutes while swimming or diving to depths of several feet. Hippos are territorial and I knew where he was most likely to be at any given time. Hippo attack in Kenya: Fisherman almost mauled to death by hippo at Lake Naivasha Home ! Adult hippos can weigh up to 8,000lbs and grow larger than a car, with a length of up to 15ft and a shoulder height of almost 6ft. Mr Templer tried to grab his holstered gun, a .357 Magnum revolver, but the hippo was thrashing him around so violently that he couldn't get his hands on the weapon. 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He was saved by sheer luck - the group encountered a rescue team which happened to be practising nearby. PHOTO: KENYA KAMBOWE KENYA KAMBOWE RUNDU A seven-year-old girl went missing on Thursday after she was attacked by a crocodile when she went with her grandmother to fetch water from the Okavango River. "One of the bites had severed an artery but the hippo bit it at the right angle that he tore it but it sealed itself. 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On hippo attacks, he noted that the cases were on the rise mainly around water bodies that have flooded in the Rift Valley in the last couple of months. This video is unavailable. He had a near-death experience, describing it as "a profoundly spiritual experience where my entire being was infused with this incredible sense of peace, like a moment of choice - should I stay or should I go? The mangled body of an Mpumalanga villager was recovered on Sunday after an adult hippopotamus near the holiday town of Hazyview attacked him. Despite the zoo’s best efforts, the 15-year-old hippo died on Sunday. A man has told of how he was swallowed by an angry hippo - and survived. During the life-or-death struggle he had an eerie feeling of relief that he wasn't trapped in the jaws of a crocodile. The incident happened along the banks of the Okavango River at Siya village in the Kapako constituency. Alfred Dube’s body, with deep bite marks to his torso, was found trampled in a thicket over 10m from the Sabie River by … Templer says he remembers frantically … It was only then that I realised I was underwater, trapped up to my waist in his mouth. The former guide, who has written a book called What’s Left of Me, said the group kept a safe distance from the school of hippos which included the aggressive male weighing about 8,000lbs, almost twice the weight of a Land Rover. I could feel the bristles on a hippo’s snout. "Blood started bubbling out of my mouth because I had internal injuries. Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesperson Tinashe Farawo confirmed that a woman was injured during the attack and said she had her wounds treated. He said: "In the wild, we’re the visitors, we’re the intruders. "I started swimming away but Evans was struggling to stay afloat. My left arm was crushed to a pulp, blood poured from the wounds in my chest and when he examined my back, Mike discovered a wound so savage that my lung was visible. Hippos' mouths have huge tusks, slicing incisors and a bunch of smaller chewing teeth. Mr Templer, who suffered almost 40 severe bite wounds, said: "I was a mess. Watch Queue Queue The attack occurred last week, sometime Tuesday night. The wound, though large appears to be clean and free of infection. Mathew Kipkurui … I was 27 and owned a business taking clients down the Zambezi river near Victoria Falls. Watch Queue Queue. I'd learned to avoid him. The tracks in the ground outlined where the fight took … Two years after the attack, he paddled the length of the 1,600-mile Zambezi with one arm, a month-long journey that proved to be "cathartic" for him. Attempts were made to find and kill the rogue hippo, but he seemed to have gone into hiding. As he ran his fingers through bristles on a snout he realised he was lodged headfirst down the throat of a massive hippopotamus that had gone "berserk". Care home residents and carers will be first to get the new Covid-19 vaccine - the first in the world to be cleared for clinical use. The hippo that attacked had been aggressive towards visitors in the past, knocking Mr Templer out of his canoe on a previous journey. According to the death certificate the postmortem report showed that Maalim died of hemorrhage due to animal attack (hippo). Paul's left arm was completely crushed, and blood poured from the various wounds up and down his body - one so deep his colleague told him his lung was visible. My one arm from the elbow up had been crushed to a pulp and from the elbow down most of the skin had been pulled off it. Elephants use their large body size and tusks to take care of threats. Mr Templer wasn't supposed to be on the trip - he stepped in as a last-minute replacement for a guide who had come down with malaria. The hippo attacked because I was invading its territory.". Mr Templer, then 27, and fellow guides were taking six tourists on a canoe trip near Victoria Falls when they came across a group of hippos in the crocodile-infested river in Africa. It was the sound of a hippo hitting a canoe. I swam towards Evans, but the hippo struck again, dragging me back under the surface. Dad-of-three Mr Templer, 50, told Mirror Online: "I had no idea whatsoever what had hit me. Two years later I led an expedition down the Zambezi and as we drifted past the stretch where the attack had taken place, a huge hippo lurched out of the water next to my canoe. He said: "I was looking under my arm and I saw hippo with its mouth wide open. His left arm had to be amputated but surgeons managed to save his other arm and his badly-injured leg. On the night of 16 November about 2 KM from camp and over a kilometere from the nearest water source, a fight ensued between a Hippo bull and a White rhino Bull. It felt as if the bull was making full use of the whole lot as he mauled me – a doctor later counted almost 40 puncture wounds and bite marks on my body. "My first response was just complete relief because I feared I was inside a croc, and in a weird way there’s some solace being in a hippo. There was a terrible, sulphurous smell, like rotten eggs, and a tremendous pressure against my chest. I had a bite in the back of my head. Map locates attack in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia Associated Press. Then down we went again, right to the bottom, and everything went still. Mike was still waiting for me in his kayak and managed to paddle me to safety. My arms were trapped but I managed to free one hand and felt around – my palm passed through the wiry bristles of the hippo's snout. Hippos are significantly larger than grizzly bears and are speedy themselves, so they quite able to attack. After spending her weekends working there, she's learned a few tricks that she thinks fans should know, Coronavirus vaccine priority list confirmed as UK becomes first to approve jab. The veteran safari guide was paddling along the Zambezi River when everything suddenly "went dark and quiet" and there was a terrible smell like rotten eggs. Hippos, which National Geographic calls one of the most aggressive animals on Earth, kill 500 people in African countries each year. I screamed so loudly that those with me said they'd never heard anything like it. He was swallowed whole by a hippopotamus — and lived to tell the tale. The hippopotamus is a herbivore and its average life span in the wild is 40 years. The attack lasted over three minutes and involved dozens of of puncture wounds, blood, and thrashing about in the water. I turned just in time to see Evans, who had been flung out of his boat, flying through the air. Find more similar words at wordhippo.com! It dived back under as he screamed at the top of his lungs. I struggled to break free. Hippos are territorial and I knew where he was most likely to be at any given time. "His tusks tore into my torso and now my legs are hanging out of one side of his mouth and my arms and my head and my shoulder are outside the other. From Hippo Attack Survivor to Philanthropist, Adventurer & CEO, Paul’s Story. I was 27 and owned a business taking clients down the Zambezi river near Victoria Falls. ‘There was no transition at all, no sense of approaching danger. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. Mr Templer, who owned the safari company, said: "There was this loud thud behind me and I knew that thud. The former British Army serviceman miraculously escaped the rogue hippo's jaws and survived despite suffering gruesome injuries that resulted in his left arm being amputated. I was aware that my legs were surrounded by water, but my top half was almost dry. He said: "I was angry, I felt guilty, I felt responsible for Evans as the person in charge.". Dominant hippo bulls usually preside over a territory that includes a pod of females. "I was sitting in (the hippo's mouth) with my arms pressed to my sides. It felt as if the bull was making full use of the whole lot as he mauled me – … Paul Templer, perhaps the most well-known hippo attack survivor, was nearly swallowed whole by one of the huge mammals; he emerged with gaping … We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story. The hippo dived up to eight feet with Mr Templer trapped in its jaws as he bled profusely. "There were injuries inside his mouth," Henríquez said. A zoo's much-loved hippo was killed after being attacked by thugs wielding metal bars, knives and rocks. He added: "Evans is bobbing along in the water and then I see this big wave, kind of like a torpedo coming towards a ship, at quite a pace. He said: "I was relatively calm and I remember wondering who could hold their breath the longest. But occasional lapses in safety, horrific though they are, have led to some remarkable survival stories. Six of this year’s killings occurred on … When they aren't in the water they are usually grazing, basking in the sun or sleeping. The terrifying attack has left the boy traumatised. You can unsubscribe at any time. At first glance this looks to be an horrific flesh wound. Paul Templer could be the only person to have been swallowed by the giant animal and miraculously live to tell the bizarre and tragic tale. It was as if I had suddenly gone blind and deaf’. Mr Templer, who weighed about 200lbs at the time, was in a fight for his life and the odds weren't in his favour - the hippo is the world's deadliest large land mammal, killing about 500 people a year in Africa. A safari guide has revealed how he was attacked by a hippopotamus and swallowed head first by the beast which left him with only one arm and 39 ‘major’ bite wounds. I'd been working this stretch of river for years, and the grouchy old two-ton bull had carried out the occasional half-hearted attack. Were if not for some great track interepreatation we may have never found out what happen! Hippos have been known to kill people, even though they're vegetarians. When I looked at him I could see he was absolutely terrified and in the grips of panic. "Suddenly everything just went dark and quiet. He said the wounds might have been from an ice pick. Hippos' mouths have huge tusks, slicing incisors and a bunch of smaller chewing teeth. "I pull up alongside him, lean over to grab him and it’s almost a little too made-for-Hollywood moment with our fingers almost touching. 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Front Page News Kavango West. Mr Namasango's body was recovered from the river a few days later. Then I turned my boat and paddled furiously towards Evans. Mr Templer thought he was going to die, telling the group: "Please tell my family I am sorry and I love them.". "I could feel this incredible pressure crushing down on my lower back.". He warned me he would probably have to take off both my arms and the bottom of my injured leg. 1 months ago. Known for their aggressive and territorial nature, hippos can easily crush a human to death and they have powerful jaws and razor sharp, 20in teeth that can rip off limbs and tear through flesh. ", When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. The hippo mauled the fisherman’s arm, shoulder and torso, leaving him covered in blood. Paul Templer is living proof that your life can change in an instant… and when it does, if you want to… you get to choose what’s possible and what happens next. 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