Monday, November 14, 2011

Marius Els gouged to death by pet hippo Humphrey who was 'like a son to him' - 14th Nov 2011

A South African farmer has been killed by the pet hippopotamus he raised from the age of five months, and which he once described as being 'like a son' to him.

Humphrey the Hippo gouged owner Marius Els, 41, to death by repeatedly biting him in a vicious attack on Saturday night.

The farmer's mutilated body was discovered submerged in a river running through his 400 acre farm in rural South Africa.

Only earlier this year Mr Els, who was married, was pictured happily riding on his 1,200 kg 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. Read More