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A South African man was bitten and killed by a pet hippo he named “Humphrey” and treated him like a son.
The photos show the close contact between Marius Els and the hippopotamus; in some, he even rides on the hippo’s back as if he were a horse. Els previously said about the hippo that the animal was “like a son to me,” according to Fox News.
He was a farmer in the Free State province of South Africa. Els was found dead in a river, after being repeatedly bitten by the animal, Fox reported. He was 40 years old. However, although a number of news articles reported the man’s death as if it just happened in December 2020, Els died in 2011, according to an article about his death in The Guardian. That story announced: “Humphrey the pet hippo kills the owner in South Africa.” So the story is true, but it is old.
A man in South Africa adopted a baby hippo after he was rescued from a river. Five years later, the hippo dragged him into the same river and killed him. # MythAndFact pic.twitter.com/BYBsK3xGIs
– MYTH AND FACT (@MythAndFact) August 29, 2020
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Els admitted that what he was doing was “a little dangerous”
Farmer Marius Els rescued a baby hippo from the floods and brought him home. He fed and raised him. 6 years later, Els was found dead in the river with various bite marks all over his body. The hippo bit him, dragged him into the water and killed him.
Do not domesticate wild animals. pic.twitter.com/twQrD5k6TA
– Kgoshi Ya Lebowa (@Marcellomj) December 15, 2020
Els named the hippopotamus Humphrey after adopting the beast when he was still a calf. He grew to 2,000 pounds in size. According to Fox News, he said in previous interviews that he did everything from playing with the hippo to brushing his teeth. He also claimed the beast answered his calls, Fox reported.
Els felt that he could implicitly trust the animal, although it turns out that he was very wrong.
“It’s a bit dangerous, but I trust you with all my heart that it won’t hurt anyone,” Els said, according to the Daily Mirror. “I can swim with him.”
The Daily Mirror quoted an ambulance service spokesman, Jeffrey Wicks, as saying of Els’s final moments: “Paramedics responded to the scene and discovered that the animal had bitten the man multiple times.” It was unclear how long Els had been “submerged” in the river.
Els Claimed He Had a Relationship With the Beast That People Didn’t Understand
According to the Daily Mirror, Els claimed that people just didn’t understand her relationship with Humphrey.
“There is a relationship between Humphrey and me and that is what some people do not understand,” she said, according to that publication.
“They believe that you can only have a relationship with dogs, cats and pets.” She added: “I get in the water. He lets me get on his back and I ride him like a horse. He swims with me. ”
In a May 2020 article about Els’ “horrible injuries”, the Mirror reported that Els was so “devoted to his unusual pet that he even built a huge lake on his farm so he could swim in its natural habitat.”
He had rescued Humphrey from a flood when the animal was a calf.
Marius Els was a former Army Major. The Guardian reported in 2011 that Els’s wife was concerned about the hippo, which had become so aggressive that she chased two people up a tree. The Guardian reported that hippos kill more people than many other dangerous animals combined, including lions and elephants, and they can move at a staggering 30 mph despite their circumference.