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MI woman killed by hippo on African safari

MI woman killed by hippo on African safariā€

"Having past 75 years old, she was resolutely shooting for 100", the obituary reads.

A Rochester Hills woman was tragically attacked by a hippopotamus on an African safari and ultimately passed away from her injuries.

Kirken, from Rochester Hills, posted photos from the trip to her Facebook page, including one of her smiling, sitting on the plane bound for Tanzania. She posted pictures of her exciting African safari, saying she saw so many attractive animals including hippos and bull elephants.

It added: "Carol died quickly in the arms of her son Robert".

Friends of Carol Sue Kirken said she went to the Rochester Hills YMCA every day because she was a member of the board of directors. "She would have surely achieved it if not for this accident", her grieving relatives wrote.

Hippos are the most risky animals of Africa.

They have sharp teeth and can outrun a human on land, and have also been known to attack and capsize small boats, killing the passengers notes the dailymail.

Hippos are known to attack anything that might seem threatening to them.

. The company told Local 4 it is deeply saddened at her death and offered its condolences and prayers to her family.

Kirken helped found the Women's Fund of Rochester Hills, and also helped military families through the North Oakland YMCA.

A memorial is planned Sunday, Aug. 20 for Kirken.

A registered nurse, Kirken was a doctor recruiter for Crittendon Hospital, and most recently worked as a national vice president for Arbonne Cosmetics Company.

"Just shock", said Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett, according to comments obtained by Fox 2 Detroit. She was the kind of person who liked to be involved, and the community is feeling a deep loss after her death.



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