Man bitten by hippopotamus three times, miraculously survived despite serious injuries

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What does it feel like to be bitten by a hippo? Former tour guide Paul Templer was 28 when he was attacked by a giant hippopotamus, which is known to have the strongest bite in the world, while traveling in his native Zimbabwe.

The man was bitten by a hippopotamus three times and was seriously injured but miraculously survived

He said in an interview with the media that he had served in the British Army He served for a period of time and just came back in 1996 to work as a tour guide. He leads a six-person canoe safari on the Zambezi, including three apprentice guides in three three-person canoes and a one-person safety kayak.

He said: "I love that section of the river. It's an area I'm very familiar with. Things are going in the direction they should be. Everyone is having a good time."

< p>Their plan was to go full circle, but it didn't seem to be going well. Because they were surprised to find about a dozen hippos, which are not normally seen on the Zambezi River. According to reports, his canoe was in front and the others were lagging behind. There was a sudden bang and Paul saw the canoe being catapulted into the air and guide Evans, who was sitting behind the canoe, flying out.

They take the tourists to safety and go back to find Evans, but then something goes wrong with Paul too. He saw a bow-shaped wave flying towards him like a torpedo, and knew that it was either a hippopotamus or a large crocodile, so he took emergency measures based on his own experience. Everything went dark and eerily quiet as he tried to figure out what had just happened. He said: "I could feel the water from my waist down and could feel that I was soaked in the river. But from my waist up it was different. I was warm, not as wet as the river, but also Not dry. There was incredible pressure on my back. I tried to move around but I couldn't move at all. That's when I realized my waist was in the throat of a hippopotamus."

But he was lucky, maybe because he got stuck so deep in the hippo's throat that he was spit out. So he rushed out of the water and took a breath of fresh air. At this time, Evans still needed help, so he swam over to rescue him, but unfortunately he was eaten again. This time, Paul was hit from below, down the hippo's throat. Although his legs were trapped, his hands were free. Then it spit him out again, but the hippo kept swimming over. The third time the hippopotamus was about to tear Paul apart, he turned sideways and fell into its mouth. So when the hippo dives underwater, he holds his breath, and when the hippo surfaces, he takes a deep breath.

UnbelievableUnfortunately, he was rescued by another tour guide, Mike. "He showed incredible courage and risked his own life to save my life by dragging his boat within inches of my face. Mike dragged me into the boat. I think I will, until the day I die, Everyone will remember that there was a hippopotamus charging towards me with its mouth wide open," Paul recalled. Although he was seriously injured, with a punctured lung, holes in various parts of his body, and the loss of his left arm in the attack, Evans died by drowning. Although he has experienced this unforgettable disaster, he still recommends hunting trips: "My biggest advice is: If you want to do it, do it. But you have to find someone who knows what they are doing, and go out and experience it together."< /p>

Man was bitten by hippopotamus three times, miraculously survived despite serious injuries

When talking about how to survive the attack, he added: "Typically, if a hippo is going to attack you, you will see it ahead of time because there will be a bow wave. If you are in a canoe and a hippo knocks you into the water, remember to stay away from the canoe. Because the hippo is going to find this shape. things, drive them out of their own territory."