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Former Miss South Africa attacked by hippo

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Hippos, which can weigh up to two tons and have a frightening set of teeth, are among the most dangerous animals in Africa.

South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) -- A former Miss South Africa has been attacked by a wild hippopotamus and bitten on the leg, local media reported on Wednesday.

Media reports said Diana Tilden-Davis, Miss South Africa 1991 and a runner up in the 1991 Miss World contest, was attacked while canoeing in the Okavango Swamps of neighboring Botswana and was airlifted to Johannesburg's Milpark hospital.

"We are treating her and she's in a stable condition," an official at the hospital told Reuters, but declined to give further details.

Earlier this month, another South African woman was killed by a hippo while she and her husband were on their honeymoon in Botswana.

Hippos are highly territorial and may attack if a person finds themselves in the unenviable position of standing between the water and a hippo feeding on land.

Hippos will also charge boats in the water if they feel their territory has been invaded.

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