hippo attack, a Taiwanese tour group has met with further misfortune in Kenya, with the bus they were traveling on crashing and flipping over near the Nairobi airport.ust two days after one member of their group was killed and another injured in a
The bus was carrying a 30-person tour group who were traveling around Kenya from August 2nd to 13th to observe the animal migration. However, tragedy struck on Saturday evening, when one tourist was bitten in the chest by a hippo he was trying to photograph on the edge of Lake Naivasha. Afterward, he was rushed to the hospital, but bled to death while receiving treatment.
Another tourist was slightly injured in the attack. Once he rejoined the tour, the group headed back to Nairobi, planning to catch a flight back to Taiwan yesterday afternoon. However, that flight was delayed. Then, on their way back to their hotel to wait, the airport shuttle bus they were on was hit from behind by another vehicle, causing the bus to careen off the road and flip over.
At least 15 of the tourists are reported to have been injured in the crash, two of them seriously so.
In the aftermath of Saturday’s hippo attack, which was reported by media outlets around the world, China managed to infuriate Taiwan yet again by claiming to take charge of the incident. China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that the Chinese Embassy in Kenya had “dispatched officials to the scene and requested the Kenyan authorities to boost security at tourist resorts to avoid attacks by wildlife.”
“It is the unshakable duty of the Chinese government to provide consular protection services to Taiwanese compatriots,” the state media outlet quoted an embassy spokesman as saying. “The Chinese Embassy in Kenya will work closely with the Kenyan government to help evacuate the body of the victim, treat the wounded and handle the aftermath.“
However, Taiwan’s Apple Daily has reported that China’s claim of providing assistance is a lie, alleging that the only one who was on the scene was Taiwan’s unofficial ambassador in East Africa, Chen Fa, a now-retired member of Taiwan’s Overseas Community Affairs Council who lives nearby.
Like most countries, Kenya does not officially recognize Taiwan and, like most African countries, it does not even host a de-facto Taiwanese embassy, leading to a number of complications in incidents like these.
Meanwhile, Kenya Wildlife Service officers have reportedly tracked down and killed the hippo that bit the Taiwanese tourist. According to eyewitnesses, the victim got too close to the wild animal.