Marius Els Wiki – Marius Els Biography
Marius Els was a farmer from Free State province of South Africa. He has killed by a pet hippo he called “Humphrey” and treated like a son. He was a former Army major
Marius Els was 40 years old.
Marius Els Hippo “Humphrey”
Els had adopted the hippo, whom he had named “Humphrey,” when it was still a calf. It grew to be 2,000 pounds in size. He said in previous interviews that he did everything from play with the hippo to brushing its teeth. He also claimed the beast responded to his calls.
Els claimed that people just didn’t understand his relationship with Humphrey. He was so “devoted to the unusual pet he even built him a huge lake on his farm so he could swim in his natural habitat.” He had rescued Humphrey from a flood when the animal was a calf.
Farmer Marius Els rescued a baby hippo from floods & brought it home. He fed it & raised it. 6 years later, Els was found dead in the river with several bite marks all over his body. The hippo had bit him, dragged him into the water & killed him.
Don't domesticate wild animals. pic.twitter.com/twQrD5k6TA
— Kgoshi Ya Lebowa (@Marcellomj) December 15, 2020
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Els’ wife was concerned about the hippo, which had grown so aggressive that it chased two people into a tree. The Guardian reported that hippos kill more people than many other dangerous animals combined, including lions and elephants, and they can move at an astonishing 30mph despite their girth.
Cause of Death
Els was found dead in a river, having been bitten by the animal repeatedly. He was 40 years old. However, although a spate of news articles reported the man’s death as if it just happened in December 2020, Els actually died in 2011, according to an article on his death in The Guardian. That story announced, “Humphrey the pet hippo kills owner in South Africa.” Thus, the story is true, but it’s old.
— MYTH AND FACT (@MythAndFact) August 29, 2020
“There’s a relationship between me and Humphrey and that’s what some people don’t understand,” Els reportedly said. “They think you can only have a relationship with dogs, cats, and domestic animals. But I have a relationship with the most dangerous animal in Africa.”