Rochester Hills woman killed by hippopotamus on African safari

75 Year Old Woman Dead After Attack By Hippo While She on Jungle Safari

Michigan woman killed by hippo while on African safari

"Having recent years old, she was unflinchingly shooting for 100", the family proceeded in Kirken's eulogy.

A GRAN, 75, has been killed by a rampaging hippo while enjoying a family safari holiday to Tanzania. "We are shocked and saddened at her early departure from our lives".

The circumstances surrounding her death are unclear, but her obituary states she 'died quickly in the arms of her son Robert'. She would have made it were it not for this accident.

On the day she died, she had written a Facebook post saying that they had seen a mass migration of hippos and bull elephants, according to Fox 2 Detroit.

According to the BBC, hippos kill an estimated 500 people yearly in Africa. A post on August 1 mentioned seeing "many handsome animals today", including four to five hippos and bull elephants.

The family didn't say what prompted the hippo to attack Kirken last Saturday, but the mammals are known to use their large teeth to defend against anything they deem a threat.

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Hippo attacks on humans are rare and solid statistics are hard to find.

Friends and family of Carol Kirken poured out tributes to the woman upon the shocking news of her death. "There are few individuals in the group that you think about that are supreme fortunes and Carol is one of those in our group".

The family is planning a funeral for August 20 in Rochester Hills.

Kirken was well-known in her community for her charitable work at Crittenton Hospital Medical Center and the North Oakland YMCA and as a founding member of the Rochester Women's Fund. "She is a person who left a positive mark in this community a lot of people who benefited because of her passion".

Rochester Hills Mayor Brian Barnette spoke with Local 4 over the phone about Kirken.

One of her grandsons, writing on Facebook, called her "the greatest grandmother anyone could ask for".

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