Residents of Nyahururu town woke up to a ‘meaty’ morning after two stray and dangerous hippos were slayed by Kenya Wildlife Services officers.
The marauding hippos killed two people over the weekend in two separate incidences prompting the KWS onslaught.
On Saturday night, David Maina, a hawker, was killed as he walked from Nyahururu town to Manguo village through the footpath to New KCC factory.
A street urchin, Joseph Mwangi, was dragged from his fireplace at the old town square before the mammals maimed him on Monday night.
The two hippos started charging at KWS officers when they tried to drive them back to the nearby Manguo swamp, recalled Cyrus Kebati, a guard at NSSF offices.
The residents scrambled for the meat and those who were not lucky enough to get the free cut had to pay Sh. 200 for a kilogramme of hippo meat.
We have lost one of us to these monsters and we will have to gather enough meat to celebrate his send off, noted an urchin, while skinning the tough hippo.
Nyandarua North OCPD, Timon Odingo warned people against walking after dark, saying a hippo that has a calf could be among the herd that has been attacking people.
Source: Kenya News Agency