A two-year-old boy who was swallowed by a hippopotamus was rescued

(CNN) — A hippo attacked a 2-year-old boy in Uganda, swallowing and spitting out half of his body, Ugandan police reported Friday.

The report said the boy was attacked around 3:00 p.m. local time (7:00 a.m. ET) on December 4 in the southwestern Katwe-Kabadoro district.

The boy, named Iga Paul by the Ugandan police, was playing in his Ruwenjubu cell home in Lake Katwe.

“It took the bravery of bystander Crispas Bagonza to save the victim after he startled the hippo by throwing stones at it,” a Ugandan police spokesman said in the statement.

The boy was taken to a nearby clinic for hand injuries and later transferred to Buera Hospital in Western Uganda for further treatment, the statement added.

The boy was discharged after full recovery, police said. He was also vaccinated against rabies before police returned him to his parents.

“Even if the hippo returns to the lake out of fear, all residents near animal sanctuaries and habitats should be aware that wild animals are extremely dangerous,” the statement said.

“Instinctively, wild animals view humans as a threat, and any contact can cause them to act strangely or aggressively.”

Known as one of the most dangerous animals on the planet, hippos can break a canoe in half with their powerful jaws. National Geographic.

CNN’s Amir Vera contributed reporting.

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