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Stray Hippos Cause Panic Among Gulu Residents

On Saturday night, Simon Orach a boda boda motorcyclist in Gulu also reported that he was attacked by the animal along ST Mauritz road in Laroo Division.

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The presence of two stray hippos has caused panic among residents of Gulu district. 

The two animals were first sighted near Centenary and DFCU banks along Gulu Main Street in Gulu Municipality on Friday night by one James Onono Ojok. 

Onono told URN that he had gone to withdraw money from the ATM section at Centenary when he sighted the animals roaming around the area.  

Onono said he fled for his dear life and later contacted the Gulu Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Major Santos Okot Lapolo and the forth division army barracks. 

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Stephen Olanya, the Green Valley Sub Ward Chairperson where the animals were sighted said residents in his area are panicking for fear of being attacked by the animal especially at night.

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On Saturday night, Simon Orach, a boda boda motorcyclist in Gulu also reported that he was attacked by the animal along ST Mauritz road in Laroo Division. 

Orach told URN in an interview that he had dropped a customer when the animal attacked him and grabbed his jacket by its teeth. Orach said he survived with minor injuries on the knees and chest.

Walter Nyero, the Bwobo Village Chairperson said the two hippos have been roaming around his area for about one week. 

It is suspected that they are hiding in the areas of Gulu-Gala, Lawiyadul and Akonyi swamps. 

He has appealed to the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to intervene and drive the animals away since it has caused fear among residents.  

Wilson Kagoro, the Warden Officer for Conservation at Murchison Falls Game Park said they are aware of the two stray hippos and on Sunday dispersed a team of rangers in the area to track them down.