Child survives hippo attack, three killed in Musina

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Picture taken on August 16, 2015 showing a hippopotamus at the Autosafari Chapin open zoological park in the Guanagazapa municipality, Escuintla departament, 87 km south of Guatemala City.

JOHANNESBURG - Three people were killed and a child was critically injured by a hippo near Beit Bridge in Musina on Wednesday.

ER24 spokesperson Pieter Rossouw said the incident happened last night.

"Authorities allegedly found the injured child in the surrounding area this morning. The child was crying for help."

Rossouw said when paramedics arrived on scene they found that that three adult males had sustained fatal injuries.

"The critically injured child was transported by provincial medical services to Musina Hospital for further treatment," Rossouw said.

The circumstances surrounding this incident was unknown and an investigation was opened.