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Old 11-17-11, 12:26 AM
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Humphrey the Pet Hippo Mauls His Owner to Death

Hippos kill more human beings every year than any other kind of wild animal. They routinely attack and overturn boats. Not quite as placid as they look.



In the tragically familiar case of “domesticated” exotic animals turning on their owner, Humphrey the hippo has mauled his keeper to death. South African army major and farmer Marius Els, who kept the 2,600 lb. hippo as a pet on his farm, was killed after Humphrey reportedly dragged him into a river after mauling him. Els was found Saturday, bitten many times and then left in the water for an undetermined length of time.

It was an unexpected bout of violence for the pair, as Els treated the hippo “like a son.” He said, “There’s a relationship between me and Humphrey and that’s what some people don’t understand.”

The 40-year-old farmer raised Humphrey from the age of five months, after the young hippo was stranded during a flood. Currently six years old, the hippo lives in a specially-built dam on the farm. Els would often ride on Humphrey’s back and hand-feed him apples, despite the beast’s razor-like teeth. Hippos are notorious for being one of the most dangerous animals in the world, but Humphrey seemed to buck that trend.

Domesticated as he may have seemed, it’s clear Humphrey still had a wild side. After all, we’ve seen this story before: Remember the chimp that ripped a woman’s face off? Or how about the tiger that chomped the neck of Vegas entertainer Roy, Siegfried’s other half?

Indeed, Humphrey was blamed for killing calves on Els’ farm and occasionally escaped onto a nearby golf course. But Els took a playful attitude toward Humphrey’s exploits, explaining to the South African Press Association that the hippo just wanted to “brighten up his social life.”

Els is survived by his wife, as well as the giraffe and rhino he also kept on his farm.



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Re: Humphrey the Pet Hippo Mauls His Owner to Death

Another idiot learns his lesson. Now he can hang out with Timothy Treadwell.
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Re: Humphrey the Pet Hippo Mauls His Owner to Death

Someone was able to get a shot of the brutal attack.

Spoiler:


More and more I realize that animals suck and they fucking hate us. I used to dream about owning a chimpanzee until they started biting off some poor slob's face.

Seriously, is it SO terrific to have a hippo as a pet?
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Wait, so you shouldn't have 2600 pound pets?
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Re: Humphrey the Pet Hippo Mauls His Owner to Death

The 40-year-old farmer raised Humphrey from the age of five months, after the young hippo was stranded during a flood.
Further proof that sometimes you just gotta let some animals die. They don't get, understand, appreciate, or give a shit about your "animal saving" crusade. Just ask Steve Irwin....

And oh BTW, for those of you about to scream, "It was only doing what comes natural"....DYING IN FLOODS IS NATURAL TOO....
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Yeah, well I'm still here.
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Re: Humphrey the Pet Hippo Mauls His Owner to Death

Originally Posted by Giantrobo View Post
Further proof that sometimes you just gotta let some animals die. They don't get, understand, appreciate, or give a shit about your "animal saving" crusade. Just ask Steve Irwin....

And oh BTW, for those of you about to scream, "It was only doing what comes natural"....DYING IN FLOODS IS NATURAL TOO....
He could probably have saved the stranded animal and then let it go live in the wild like it was intended to. His mistake wasn't saving the hippo; his mistake was trying to keep it as a pet afterward.
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Re: Humphrey the Pet Hippo Mauls His Owner to Death

Karl Pilkington encountered a domesticated Hippo as part of An Idiot Abroad 2. He says it was the best part of the trip. This is from the recap/discussion episode that aired last week.

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I find it interesting how rhinos get a bad rap but people think hippos are cute and harmless.
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Re: Humphrey the Pet Hippo Mauls His Owner to Death

Originally Posted by Mr. Salty View Post
He could probably have saved the stranded animal and then let it go live in the wild like it was intended to. His mistake wasn't saving the hippo; his mistake was trying to keep it as a pet afterward.

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Originally Posted by Charlie Goose View Post
More and more I realize that animals suck and they fucking hate us.
You're just annoyed because you have an insane cat and Mrs. Danger said geese hate everybody in the "Home security" thread.
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Originally Posted by JumpCutz View Post
Indeed, Humphrey was blamed for killing calves on Els’ farm and occasionally escaped onto a nearby golf course.
That's fun to imagine. Playing a leisurely game of golf and coming face-to-face with a killer hippo.
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Re: Humphrey the Pet Hippo Mauls His Owner to Death

In the wild hippos will group up and go on rampages where they just travel and kill everything, livestock, goats, pets, people, etc.

They have attacked villages and tried to kill everyone and everything.
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Re: Humphrey the Pet Hippo Mauls His Owner to Death

Hippos are dangerous?



No way!
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Re: Humphrey the Pet Hippo Mauls His Owner to Death

A person keeping a wild animal as a pet was killed by that "pet"? SHOCKING!
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Re: Humphrey the Pet Hippo Mauls His Owner to Death

Originally Posted by Giantrobo View Post
Further proof that sometimes you just gotta let some animals die. They don't get, understand, appreciate, or give a shit about your "animal saving" crusade. Just ask Steve Irwin....
To be fair, his death had nothing to do with his attempts to save animals. It was a freak accident when he was on a dive.
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Another idiot learns his lesson. Now he can hang out with Timothy Treadwell.
You can't learn if your dead.
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Re: Humphrey the Pet Hippo Mauls His Owner to Death

If your dead does what? Shakes its head? That makes no sense.
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Re: Humphrey the Pet Hippo Mauls His Owner to Death

I want a pet T-Rex sooo bad.
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Hippos seem so non violent and goofy, it's hard to take them seriously.

It would be like casting Jonah Hill or Chris Farley (pre Weight loss and Death) as psychopathic murderers. They just don't fit the bill. No one takes them seriously.
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Originally Posted by troystiffler View Post
I want a pet T-Rex sooo bad.
Get a velociraptor. They're easier to feed.
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Anything with a mouth that looks like this is bound to make a great pet.



Vs. something like this.

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Based on childhood experience I thought all they did was remain stationary and eat marbles all day. An honest mistake to keep one as a pet IMHO.
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Re: Humphrey the Pet Hippo Mauls His Owner to Death

Originally Posted by wmansir View Post
Karl Pilkington encountered a domesticated Hippo as part of An Idiot Abroad 2. He says it was the best part of the trip. This is from the recap/discussion episode that aired last week.

i had to check this thread to see if this was the hippo that killed its owner
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Re: Humphrey the Pet Hippo Mauls His Owner to Death

Originally Posted by Mr. Salty View Post
He could probably have saved the stranded animal and then let it go live in the wild like it was intended to. His mistake wasn't saving the hippo; his mistake was trying to keep it as a pet afterward.
Ding, ding, ding. We have a correct answer.

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