This happened way back in 2011, however wanted to share with readers… Sometimes people make mistakes while choosing their pets. Animated movies may be a better world to keep any animals as pets, Lion, Godzilla any thing would be a friendly buddy. But in this man’s case it went tragically since he chose a mighty hippo as his pet! Some animals hold on to their natural instincts and it is not so easy to pamper them as kids.
Just requesting all pet owners to keep an eye on your pets and choose wisely. We need to leave certain animals in their own habitats. We can love them from a distance anyway.
Only earlier this year Mr Els, who was married, was pictured happily riding on his 1,200kg pet bull hippo’s back.
‘Humphrey’s like a son to me, he’s just like a human,’ he said at the time.
‘There’s a relationship between me and Humphrey and that’s what some people don’t understand.
‘They think you can only have a relationship with dogs, cats and domestic animals.
‘But I have a relationship with the most dangerous animal in Africa.’
Mr Els kept 20 different species of exotic animals, including giraffe and rhino, on his farm near Klerksdorp in South Africa’s north west.But he developed a special fondness for Humphrey, whom he bought aged just five months and for whom he even built a special lake.Humphrey was aged six and weighed more than a metric tonne when he attacked Mr Els.
While Mr Els appeared to revel in his status as the man who had tamed a hippo, he did recognise his pet’s power and danger.
‘If he decides to get me off his back, then he throws me over like a horse’, Mr Els told an interviewer before his death, adding: ‘My friends won’t even go near him.’
Humphrey’s dangerous side was displayed in March this year when he tried to attack two canoeists as they made their way down the Vaal river.
A 52-year-old man and his seven-year-old grandson was forced to scramble out of their canoe and climb a tree when they were approached by Humphrey.
The terrified canoeists screamed and clapped in an attempt to drive the animal away from the tree – but Humphrey refused to move.
Mr Els eventually managed to lure the hippo away with an apple, explaining that he had only approached the pair because he was hungry.
Yesterday, a spokesman for one of South Africa’s private ambulance services revealed that his staff were called to Mr Els’ farm late on Saturday evening.
‘Paramedics responded to the scene to find that the man had been bitten several times by the animal and had also been immersed in the river for an unknown period,’ Jeffrey Wicks said.
Mr Wicks explained that the farmer was declared dead at the scene, but added it was not know for how long he had lain undiscovered.
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- Man Mauled To Death By Pet Hippo (buzzfeed.com)
- Lake Naivasha: One Night with a Hippo (loveyouafrica.com)
- Adventures in Hippo Husbandry. (zoefell.wordpress.com)
- More than 600 rhinos killed in South Africa in 2013 (theguardian.com)
- Grim news on World Rhino Day (pbs.org)
- Giraffes (jsawicky.wordpress.com)
- Rhino Poaching (adventurebeforeavarice.com)