Humphrey Hippo Boy Grandpa Tree
November 16, 2011 by staff
The farmer’s mutilated body was discovered submerged in a river running through his North West farm.
Earlier this year, Els was pictured riding happily on his pet bull hippo’s back.
“Humphrey’s like a son to me, he’s just like a human,” the Daily Telegraph reported.
“There’s a relationship between me and Humphrey, and that’s what some people don’t understand.
“They think you can only have a relationship with dogs, cats and domestic animals. But I have a relationship with the most dangerous animal in Africa.”
Els kept 20 different species of exotic animals, including giraffes and rhinos, on his farm near Klerksdorp. But he developed a special fondness for Humphrey, who he bought aged just five months and for whom he had built a special lake.
Humphrey was aged six and weighed more than a ton when he attacked Els.
Hippos are, by nature, very aggressive – especially when young calves are present.
They commonly attack humans with no apparent provocation, usually using their enormous teeth to gouge their victims.
They can weigh up to three tons and can travel at considerable speeds.
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