Thank you, Paul, for sharing your story with Snap! A visitor feeds a hippo at the Napoles Park in Puerto Triunfo, Colombia, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Templer told the BBC he was paddling along the current with three other apprentice guides. Back on the Congo River, Zayeed says his father's hunting party couldn't find footprints or any other sign of Osama, and eventually gave up. For today only, if you give to The World and share your donation on Twitter you’ll receive a personal shoutout tweet from Marco! Listen to the latest episode of The Moth Radio Hour, Moth Podcast, or dip into our library of stories going back to 1997. A few years ago in Zambia, hippos were dropping dead by the dozens. So for a moment there on the Zambezi he was in the mouth of the hippo. Adult hippos can weigh up to 8,000lbs and grow larger than a … We Insist: A Timeline Of Protest Music In 2020. The task of organizing hunting parties to try to shoot this hippo fell to several local chiefs. A few years ago in Zambia, hippos were dropping dead by the dozens. All in all, it was a life changing day on the Zambezi River, the answer to our Geo Quiz. It’s #GivingTuesday! Soon after the hippos fell ill, people started getting sick, too. "And I was leading a canoe safari and things had been going rather well until a lot of sudden there was a huge whooosh behind me I turned and there was a hippopotamus.". 03:00. This week, we are featuring Louder than A Riot, an incredible new podcast from NPR Music. This river in southern Africa partly forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. He was born in Africa, amidst war and strife. He was in Tanzania sitting on a river bank gazing about, when all of a sudden a hippopotamus … There are no accurate statistics, but many wildlife experts rate the hippo as the most lethal animal in Africa, killing more people each year than the more commonly feared lions, crocodiles, and elephants. BEAUBIEN: A fisherman named Alungu Mishikulu says he was coming down the river from the town of Bukhama after selling a load of dried fish when he first saw the hippo. A few years ago in Zambia, hippos were dropping dead by the dozens. ... American tourist recovering after hippo attack. Hippos, it turns out, do a wave. Between August and September of 2011, at least 85 hippos … A SAFARI guide reveals how he survived an attack from a “monster” hippo who swallowed him head first and threw him around like a “rag doll.” Paul Templer, 49, … Hippos are common to this area, but locals say they rarely attack. He says the hippo sprang from the water, furiously attacked the canoe, then slipped back below the surface of the river. A few years ago in Zambia, hippos were dropping dead by the dozens. A farmer refuses to listen to reason, even after his Hippo has attacked his nephew and most of his cattle. "At one point he did spit me out far enough that one of the chaps on our trip, a guide who I knew quite well, Mike, just showed exceptional bravery and he paddled in and I was able to grab on to his boat and he dragged me out.". Accuracy and availability may vary. In Zambia, some people were so hungry that they risked their health to eat hippo meat infected with anthrax. I was 27 and owned a business taking clients down the Zambezi river near Victoria Falls. From Hippo Attack Survivor to Philanthropist, Adventurer & CEO, Paul’s Story. He's believed to be a male, although no one has really gotten a good look at him. Soon after the hippos fell ill, people started getting sick, too. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record. Between August and September of 2011, at least 85 hippos … He lost his mangled left arm in the hippo attack but somehow survived the ordeal. Although hippos don’t usually attack humans without a reason, they can be dangerous if they feel threatened, so it’s important to know how to deal with one. A week later, the hippo was back attacking canoes. JASON BEAUBIEN: On this day we're paddling near the headwaters of the Congo River. I'm about six-foot man so you can fit half a six-foot man, waist first, down a hippo's throat.". Produced by Erika Lantz, original score by Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic – Season 9 – Episode 25 I passed by safely, but the people in the boat behind me were taken by the animal. How Mayorkas might shape US immigration policy during the Biden administration, Climate change deeply affects the entire planet — including Mount Everest, France's former 'Bling-Bling President' Sarkozy in court on corruption charges. Mean adult weight is around. We need just 578 more donors to make it! They already face the challenges of daily life in a remote region plagued by violence from rogue militias and outbreaks of disease. A hippo walks through the South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia, where an anthrax outbreak occurred in 2011. A few years ago in Zambia, hippos were dropping dead by the dozens. Hippo / Hippopotamuses are among the largest living land mammals, being only smaller than elephants and some rhinoceroses. Moth stories are true, as remembered by the storyteller and always told live. Hear the Snap Judgment program for November 8, 2013 This week, we are featuring Louder Than A Riot, an incredible new podcast from NPR Music. PRX is a 501(c)(3) organization recognized by the IRS: #263347402. That's why they call him that, Zayeed laughs. Always stay far away from hippos, since they can get aggressive if you enter their territory. Check out Paul Templer’s memoir, What’s Left of Me. BEAUBIEN: It was 7:00 in the morning, Mishikulu says. Osama the Hippo is always spotted alone. It’s a day when hundreds of thousands of us directly support the things we rely on, the things we believe in, and the things we want to ensure survive. The hippopotamus is the world's deadliest large land mammal, killing about 500 people a year in Africa. The World is a public radio program that crosses borders and time zones to bring home the stories that matter. He, or she, lives in the Congo River, and the hippo is making things very difficult and dangerous for people in the village of Bukhama. Snap Judgment for November 8, 2013. A full-grown male hippopotamus can weigh up to 8,000 pounds. Will there be a monument to victims of the coronavirus pandemic? The herbivores are extremely territorial. November 13, 2020. Hear the tragic 911 call from Sandra Herald as her pet chimp, Travis, savagely attacks her friend, leaving her at death's front door. To learn more, review our Cookie Policy. What happened next in that close encounter with a two ton hippo is quite alarming. In fact he was inspired by the experience to devote his energy to work on behalf of terminally ill children and amputees. Copyright © 2006 NPR. A Florida couple was on a canoe tour when a mother hippo attacked the woman in an attempt to protect her calf, a source close to the family said. People who live along this part of the Congo River hope that their Osama won't be on the loose for as long as the al Qaeda leader has been. We just need 578 more donors to reach our goal! Show how much you care for The World by donating today. Soon after the hippos fell ill, people started getting sick, too. NPR's Jason Beaubien has our story. In his wake, the broken canoe, the people's bodies and their few possessions were strewn in the water. Hippos are particularly dangerous when they’re in shallow water or if they have children. Greetings, Prophet! We use cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. Be sure to tag us @TheWorld on Twitter so we can see your post! Professor William Barklow was on vacation when this happened. "As I was leaning over to grab a hold of him, the hippo burst up out of the water and plucked me cleanly out of my canoe.". Garry Kasparov on how 'The Queen's Gambit' brilliantly moves chess skills to center stage. "I could feel the water around my legs. A rescue sounds like a courageous thing to attempt, but it was risky since man vs hippo is not what you might call a good matchup. "It happened so fast the first thing I knew I was in this dank, dark place and there was this pressure crushing down on my lower back," Templer says. Mature males often have scars across their shoulders and backs from brutal fights with their rivals. The Congo River is only about 30 to 50 yards wide here, and it looks like an average, mid-sized waterway rather than the vast, powerful one it will become. November 17, 2020 • Rhyme and punishment go hand in hand in America. It’s #GivingTuesday! Wilford Zayeed's (ph) father was the leader of one of the hunting parties. River guide Paul Templer had a bad day at the office some 17 years ago when he was mauled by a hippopotamus. (paultempler via YouTube) He was swallowed whole by a hippopotamus … Donate $100 or pledge $8.33/month to receive an invite to a virtual party with Marco Werman and The World team! Between August and September of 2011, at least 85 hippos … Between August and September of 2011, at least 85 hippos … From the Democratic Republic of Congo, now, we bring you the story of Osama the Hippo. Soon after the hippos fell ill, people started getting sick, too. All the hunting missions failed. A few years ago in Zambia, hippos were dropping dead by the dozens. Listen & Share. Hippo jaws are strong enough to snap a human in half. T he hippo who tried to kill me wasn't a stranger – he and I had met before a number of times. All rights reserved. Then after a week, it came back again. Soon after the hippos fell ill, people started getting sick, too. "In the midst of this I guess with the adrenalin coursing everything slowed down so when we went under water I would hold my breath, and when we were on the surface I'd suck in air and all the while I figured out that if I held onto the tusks that were boring into me that my flesh wouldn't tear so much when he shook me about," he says. Remembering Diego Maradona, a leftie on the field — and in politics, British comedian becomes third person in 90 years to solve difficult literary puzzle. Researchers say it reveals how food insecurity can spread disease. Those who have been hunting for the animal have named him after another fugitive terrorist, Osama Bin Laden. Soon after the hippos fell ill, people started getting sick, too. We're about 2,000 miles upstream from the Atlantic Ocean and more than 600 miles past Kisingani, the last significant city on the river. BEAUBIEN: The hippo disappeared when the hunters arrived, Zayeed says. Hippos Save Wildebeest from Crocodiles - Amazing Animals Save Other Animals Villagers say a lone hippo is attacking canoes in the country's southeast. Villagers started calling the hippo Osama bin Laden, Zayeed says, because he's powerful, deadly, and elusive. Winding through low-lying, lush grasslands, it serves as the main, and at times only, transportation route through the area. Well to make a long story short, Paul Templar was half swallowed by a two-ton hippo, spit out, and lived to tell the tale. In central Africa, a hippopotamus has been terrorizing people on the upper reaches of the Congo River. Villagers say a lone hippo is attacking canoes in the country's southeast. Between August and September of 2011, at least 85 hippos … Templer says he remembers frantically freeing one of his arms and feeling the whiskers of the hippo's snout. Hippopotamus mostly submerged (Photo: Wiki Commons). Pangolin smuggling: The next coronavirus time bomb? "I remember, we were sipping on our drinks, resting and taking in the peace and tranquility that comes with that late afternoon glow." A day that encourages people to do good and inspires hundreds of millions to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity. Morning Edition for July 18, 2019 Hear the Morning Edition program for July 18, 2019 In central Africa, a hippopotamus has been terrorizing people on the upper reaches of the Congo River. A hippo walks through the South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia, where an anthrax outbreak occurred in 2011. Donate today to help keep our coverage free and open to all. The story you just read is freely available because readers like you support The World financially. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. People are trying to catch him, and he's un-catch-able. They charge & chase boats with no fear, making it one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. Aleppo (/ ə ˈ l ɛ p oʊ / ə-LEH-poh; Arabic: ﺣَﻠَﺐ ‎ / ALA-LC: Ḥalab, IPA: ) is a city in Syria, which serves as the capital of the Aleppo Governorate, the most populous Syrian governorate. Fatal Attractions. NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. It's the source of Victoria Falls, a thundering waterfall that's more than twice as high as Niagara Falls by the way. Support The World today. Paul Templer is living proof that your life can change in an instant… and when it does, if you want to… you get to choose what’s possible and what happens next. For today only, if you give to The World and share your donation on Twitter you’ll receive a personal shoutout tweet from Marco! Between August and September of 2011, at least 85 hippos died in a game management area along the South Luangwa River near the … "I was leading a canoe safari and things had been going rather well until all of a sudden there was a huge whoosh behind me I turned just in time to see one of the canoes in our armada getting attacked by a hippopotamus and unfortunately one of my guides got thrown into the river and so my job was to go and get him out," Templer says. Thank you for your support. Transcript for US woman badly injured after hippo attack in Zimbabwe river vacation scare for an American couple traveling in Africa. BEAUBIEN: Like Osama bin Laden, he makes these attacks, Zayeed says. Well to make a long story short, Paul Templar was half swallowed by a two-ton hippo, spit out, and lived to tell the tale. Not a get-drunk, get-crazy, paint yourself wave, but a hippo-to-hippo serial roar that moves up and down river banks in Africa. Things go horribly wrong for a safari guide on the Zambezi River when he comes face-to-face with a rogue hippo. A few years ago in Zambia, hippos were dropping dead by the dozens. Tour guide Paul Templer will never forget paddling down a river in southern Africa 17 years ago. Kristen Yaldor said her life flashed before her eyes when she was attacked by a hippopotamus while canoeing during an African safari. The attack lasted over three minutes and involved dozens of of puncture wounds, blood, and thrashing about in the water. Paul Templer, formerly a river guide who takes tourists down the Zambezi river near Victoria Falls along the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, … It reveals the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration. Hippopotamus partially submerged (Photo: WIKI), "It had started as a just a beautiful day in Africa just above Victoria Falls," Templer says. A mild-mannered theater professor attempts to stage a controversial play in a small East Texas town. But first we want you to name that river. #GivingTuesday is an annual ritual that asks us all to consider how we contribute to the world around us. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information. Soon after the hippos fell ill, people started getting sick, too. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies and Privacy Policy. When hippos attack, they go crazy! Donate $100 or pledge $8.33/month to receive an invite to a virtual party with Marco Werman and The World team! The wife was attacked by a hippo. On the day of the attack, there was no sign of the hippo.