Man Survives Being Swallowed By Hippo

    A hippopotamus sits in water in Tripoli's zoo on September 12, 2011. Animals in the zoo, which was considered one the best in Africa according to officials, suffered as the situation worsened during the days leading up to the capture of Tripoli by fighters loyal to the National Transitional Council which ousted loyalist of strongman Moamer Kadhafi. The manager of the zoo is appealing for international help. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

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    In a gripping, almost-unbelievable account, business owner Paul Templer relives the day he was swallowed—and nearly killed—by a hippo in Africa. The accident occurred when Templer, then 27, rushed to help a client whose kayak had been overturned by the “two-ton bull.” As he reached the man’s boat, Templer says suddenly everything went black—leaving him completely unaware for minutes that he had been swallowed by a hippo. After freeing one of his hands, and opening the hippo's jaw, he was able to free himself. But the terror wasn’t over. The hippo then quickly began stabbing the two men with its massive tusks. Templer survived—barely—after enduring more than 40 deep puncture wounds all over his body. His colleague did not.

    Read it at The Guardian