Solly may have died from injuries

Johannesburg -

Solly the hippo, who was trapped in a swimming pool for four days, probably died from injuries inflicted by the patriarch bull that kicked him out of the family pod.

An outbreak of the highly-contagious wildlife disease, anthrax, has wiped out nearly 50 percent of roan antelope and hippos. File photo: Chris Collingridge. Credit: INLSA

Simon Prinsloo of Nylsvlei Game Dealers, who transported Solly’s carcass to a nearby game farm where it was fed to predators, said that when the hippo’s body was cut up, they noticed extensive internal injuries.

“When we opened him up there was a lot of blood; he was bleeding inside,” said Prinsloo. He said there was also an injury to the hippo’s neck, which appeared to be from a bite.

The suspect in Solly’s death is an adult bull hippo in a nearby dam.

The hippo died on Friday as Prinsloo and his team were waiting for a vet to arrive so that they could begin a rescue operation. - The Star