It's sad and rather ironic that a hippo whose name means "Freedom" has been shot because it was wandering free.
Nkululeko ambled into the news a few weeks ago, when it was spotted playing in the sea north of Durban. The surf-loving hippo became quite the celebrity overnight. A local newspaper ran a competition to find a name for the hippo and the winner was taken on a flight to view the newly named "Nkululeko".
Locals flocked to see the hippo and to take photos of it, amid warnings from animal experts to stay far away from the animal, as hippos are not as docile as they look. Unfortunately people did not heed this advice and although an autopsy has still to be done to confirm the cause of death, it appears that Nkululeko may be responsible for the death of a man. Nkululeko was shot by authorities in the early hours of this morning.