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Heartbreaking ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ Of A 1.8 Ton Bloody Hippo After Falling Twice From A Crane To The Road Surface

A hippopotamus left with broken teeth and tears streaming down its face after jumping out of a moving lorry was killed when bungling zoo staff dropped him on the ground a second time while trying to rescue him.

Ahe, a 32-year-old male hippopotamus, was hurt with a damaged leg and teeth but still alive after falling from the moving lorry which was ferrying him to a zoo in Taiwan.

But he ᴅɪᴇᴅ when zoo staff hitched the 1.8 tonne animal into a harness that could not carry his weight – and he was dropped him for a second time.

Medics said that the hippo ᴅɪᴇᴅ from ɪɴᴊᴜʀɪᴇs sustained as a result of being dropped the second time while being moved to a temporary shelter in the botched rescue attempt in Taichung city, a special municipality located in western Taiwan.

The initial accident happened last Friday when the panicked hippo jumped from the truck in which it was being transported, breaking a leg.

Television footage showed the enormous animal lying on the road — where it remained for several hours — with white fluid oozing from its eyes.

Then, when the hippo was being taken back to the farm for treatment of its ɪɴᴊᴜʀɪᴇs, the cable on a hoist broke and its container crashed to the ground from a height of two metres (6.5 feet).

A spokesman for the Agricultural Bureau in the Taiwanese city of Taichung said: ‘Sadly the 32-year-old animal ᴅɪᴇᴅ overnight as a result of his ɪɴᴊᴜʀɪᴇs.

‘An autopsy showed that the internal damage caused a massive supply of toxins to be released into his blood resulting in ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ.’