A South African farmer was reportedly mauled to demise on Sunday by his pet hippo, which he had beforehand known as “like a son to me.”
Marius Els, who lived within the Free State province of South Africa was discovered useless in a river, having been bitten repeatedly by the animal.
Els, 40, had adopted the hippo, whom he had named “Humphrey,” when it was discovered as a calf. Earlier this yr footage of Els driving the greater than 2,000-pound beast went viral.
The South African mentioned that “Humphrey” had responded to his calls, loved taking part in with him, and that he would even brush the hippo’s enamel.
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“It’s a bit bit harmful, however I belief him with my coronary heart that he is not going to hurt anyone,” Els mentioned, in response to Each day Mirror. “I can swim with him. I am going within the water. He permits me to get on his again, and I trip him like a horse. He swims with me.”
He added: “He’s like a son to me.”
An ambulance spokesman advised the Each day Mirror that paramedics discovered Els immersed in a river and “had been bitten a number of occasions by the animal.” It was unclear how lengthy he might need remained within the water.
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“There’s a relationship between me and Humphrey and that’s what some individuals don’t perceive,” Els reportedly mentioned. “They assume you’ll be able to solely have a relationship with canine, cats and home animals. However I’ve a relationship with essentially the most harmful animal in Africa.”