Pet Hippo Kills Its Owner, Marius Els had a pet hippo that obviously knew how to kill its owner. The farmer was dragged into a river and mauled to death on his farm in Free State, South Africa.
Els, an Army major, had raised the 2,600 pound animal and considered Humphrey a part of his family, according toÂ the U.K.’s Â Guardian.
Others had warned Els that hippos were dangerousÂ and warned him against keeping Humphrey, but he ignored their warnings and was known ride around on the 5-year-old hippopotamus’s back, according to the Guardian.
“Humphrey’s like a son to me, he’s just like a human,” The Guardian reported Els saying earlier this year. “There’s a relationship between me and Humphrey, and that’s what some people don’t understand.”
Els had tried to domesticate the hippo he bought when it wasÂ 5 months old from people who had rescued it from the very river where Els ultimately met his end.
“They think you can only have a relationship with dogs, cats and domestic animals,” Els said at the time. “But I have a relationship with the most dangerous animal in Africa.”
Hippos are one of the most dangerous and aggressive mammals, according to the San Diego Zoo.