Post by maybetoday on Dec 17, 2022 21:12:16 GMT -5
Hippo SWALLOWS a two-year-old boy whole... then spits him back out ALIVE
A two-year-old boy survived being half-eaten by a hippo at Lake Edward, Uganda
The animal was startled by a local throwing stones at it and regurgitated the boy
Paul Iga went to hospital for treatment but has since been discharged
By LAUREN HAUGHEY and TOM BROWN FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 20:21 EST, 15 December 2022 | UPDATED: 05:37 EST, 16 December 2022
A two-year-old boy was swallowed and spat out by a hippo while playing near his home in Uganda.
Paul Iga was clenched in the mouth of the animal around 800 yards away from the edge of Lake Edward.
The hippo had grabbed the toddler from the head and swallowed half of his body when a local man noticed and started throwing stones at the animal, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The hippo seemed taken aback by the attack and vomited up the child — before trudging back to the water.
'It took the bravery of one Chrispas Bagonza, who was nearby, to save the victim after he stoned the hippo and scared it, causing it to release the victim from its mouth,' police added.
While Paul was injured and taken to a clinic for treatment, he miraculously survived.
It has been reported that the toddler was transferred to a hospital in Bwera but was sent home after taking a rabies vaccine.
In a statement, Ugandan Police said: 'This is the first such kind of incident where a hippo strayed out of Lake Edward and attacked a young child.'
Police told residents of Katwe Kabatoro Town Council, which is located within Queen Elizabeth National Park on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to remain vigilant around hippos.