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Hippopotamus Menace at Beach

Fishing activities have been paralyzed at Alum Beach in Rachuonyo North Sub County after a hippopotamus invaded the beach.

Fishermen have expressed their concern over the hippo which they claim had invaded the beach causing panic to the community and other traders at the beach after the hippo chased a group of traders who were operating in the area last evening.

Confirming the incident to KNA Alum Beach Management Unit (BMU) chairman Benson Odhiambo said the hippo was attacked and injured by another hippo making it to move out of the lake and is now staying at the lake shore causing fear to the fishermen.

Odhiambo says the operations at the beach have been paralysed for nearly a week since the hippo was spotted at the beach as fishermen can no longer access their landing sites which has been occupied by the wild animal.

He added that attempts to scare away the animal to go back to the lake were futile.

They now want Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) officers from Homabay County to intervene and address the situation before any damage occurs.

By Rachel Achieng and Davis Langat

 

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