Woman fatally attacked by hippo while on safari

Carol Kirken 75 was killed while on safari on Aug. 5

Carol Kirken 75 was killed while on safari on Aug. 5

Carol Kirken went to Tanzania on vacation with her family and was posting details of her trip to Facebook as late as August 5, including witnessing a migration.

While the circumstances surrounding Kirken's deaths remain unclear, an obituary stated that the woman "died quickly in the arms of her son Robert".

A hippopotamus attacked and killed a suburban Detroit woman while she was on safari in Africa.

The company told Local 4 it is deeply saddened at her death and offered its condolences and prayers to her family.

Carol Sue Kirken, of Rochester Hills, in Detroit, Michigan, tragically lost her life last week on what should have been the trip of a lifetime on the African savannah.

Dr. Kirken has been the Professor and Chair at UTEP since 2005.

"Having past 75 years old, she was resolutely shooting for 100", the obituary reads.

"She would have surely achieved it if not for this accident".

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Hippos are known to attack anything that might seem threatening to them

"Just shock", Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett told Fox 2 in Detroit.

Family members are trying to get Kirken's body transported back to the US.

A registered nurse, Kirken was a doctor recruiter for Crittendon Hospital, and most recently worked as a national vice president for Arbonne Cosmetics Company.

Hippos are one of the most risky mammals in the world, and the most unsafe in the whole of Africa.

Kirken's family plans a farewell on August 20, the Detroit Free Press reported.

She was widely known in the community as one of the founding members of the Rochester Area Women's Fund.

She leaves behind her husband, Bill, three children and five grandchildren, according to her obituary.

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