Woman attacked by hippo dies in son's arms; video report


Carol Sue Kirken, a 75-year-old grandma from MI, was reportedly killed in a hippopotamus attack while she and her family were enjoying an African Safari as part of their annual family holiday.

"You were an wonderful woman and the greatest grandmother anyone could ask for", he wrote.

Hippo attacks on humans are rare and solid statistics are hard to find.

"Having [passed] 75 years old, she was resolutely shooting for 100", her obituary read.

Hippos are one of the most unsafe mammals in the world, and the most risky in the whole of Africa.

Kirken's family was arranging for her body to be flown home and will be holding a memorial for her on August 20, according to local reports.

On the day she died, she had written a Facebook post saying that they had seen a mass migration of hippos and bull elephants, according to Fox 2 Detroit. Dominant males can weigh 6,000 pounds or more; females and other males between 3,500 and 4,500 pounds. "There are few people in the community that you think of that are absolute treasures and Carol is one of those in our community".

Pictured Rochester Hills, Detroit woman, Carol Sue Kirken and her son, Robert Kirken.

Following Carol's death, tributes flowed in from several quarters with people expressing shock at her sudden demise.

'Carol was a passionate leader, and she dedicated herself to causes to help those who were less fortunate, ' Rochester Hills Mayor Brian Barnette told WDIV. She likewise volunteered with the North Oakland YMCS Supporting Military Families.

Leading into her death, Kirken had been on safari with her son Robert Kirken, a university dean from Corpus Christi, Texas, with mother and son watching hippos when the attack occurred. Apart from sporting a very unpredictable behavior, they are also known to be very territorial and aggressive.

"She is a person who left a positive mark in this community a lot of people who benefited because of her passion", Barnett told the news channel.

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