A 2-year-old kid was attacked by a hippo in Uganda.
The kid was taken to a nearby clinic for treatment of injuries to one hand.
He has now been released from hospital and given a rabies vaccine.
A 2-year-old kid was attacked by a hippo in Uganda who then spit him out after consuming half of his body, according to a statement from the Uganda Police Force on Friday.
According to the statement, the youngster was attacked on December 4 at at 3 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET) in the Katwe-Kabatoro district, in the southwest of the nation.
The child was playing at his home in Rwenjubu cell, Lake Katwe, and was identified by Ugandan authorities as Iga Paul.
“It took the bravery of a one Chrispas Bagonza, who was nearby, to save the victim after he stoned the hippo and scared it, causing it to release the victim from its mouth,” a spokesperson for Uganda Police Force said in the statement.
The kid was taken to a neighboring clinic for treatment of injuries to one hand before being subsequently taken to Bwera Hospital in west Uganda for additional care, according to the statement.
After making a complete recovery, the child has now been released, according to the police. Before the police returned him to his parents, he was given a rabies vaccine.
“Although the hippo was scared back into the lake, all residents near animal sanctuaries and habitats should know that wild animals are very dangerous,” the statement said.
“Instinctually, wild animals see humans as a threat and any interaction can cause them to act strangely or aggressively.”
According to research, hippos are among the most dangerous animals on earth and can sever a boat in half with their powerful jaws.
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