Harrowing video shows a killer hippo dragging a child to his death as crowds pelt it with rocks in Lake Victoria


THIS is the distressing moment a hippopotamus dragged a little boy to his death in Lake Victoria.

Footage shows the boy submerged in the water as locals cried out and pelted the animal with rocks.

The hippo dragged the young boy out into Lake Victoria

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The hippo dragged the young boy out into Lake VictoriaCredit: YouTube / Mildred Mildred
Locals tried to scare the hippo away but were unable to save the boy

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Locals tried to scare the hippo away but were unable to save the boyCredit: YouTube / Mildred Mildred

The boy, who has not been named, was playing by the shore in Mbita, Kenya.

The animal later released the youngster but he died from his injuries.

The video, which was filmed on September 16, shows locals rushing to the water’s edge.

Screams and shouting can be heard as the hippo dragged the boy further out into the water.

The people gather on the shoreline then throw rocks and sticks at the creature as it rears its head out of the water.

One man can be heard saying “Oh Jesus” as the hippo submerges itself under the water.

The body of the boy was recovered later.

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A resident told Kenyans.co.ke: “For the last four months, the hippos have been terrorising residents and making it impossible for fishermen to run their errands during the evening.”

Local authorities have asked the Kenya Wildlife Service to set up a response team nearby.

William Onditi, chairman of Suba South Beach Management Unit Network, told the publication: “There should be officers on standby to tame the animals whenever they move out of the water. 

“The officers can use their guns to scare them back to the water because civilians don’t have the ability to do so because we don’t have weapons.”

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Hippos are often considered one of the most deadly animals in Africa.

They are known for being aggressive towards humans and sometimes tip boats over using their massive bulk which can be up to 9,000lbs.

With sharp teeth and powerful jaws they have the ability to crush a human to death.

In January last year a Kenyan fisherman was lucky to escape with his life after a hippo launched a savage attack near Lake Naivasha in Kenya.

Mathew Wanjiuku was ambushed by the two-tonne giant and held captive for 10 minutes while the animal continued to bite him.

Onlookers banged on a metal sheet to scare the huge mammal and eventually it moved off, leaving Mathew covered in blood.

Locals threw rocks and sticks at the hippo but couldn't stop the animal swimming off

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Locals threw rocks and sticks at the hippo but couldn’t stop the animal swimming offCredit: YouTube / Mildred Mildred
The boy had been playing on the shore of Lake Victoria when the hippo attacked

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The boy had been playing on the shore of Lake Victoria when the hippo attackedCredit: YouTube / Mildred Mildred
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