A living testimony of a man, who have been swallowed by a hippopotamus and survived spending 3 minutes inside hippo’s mouth 17 years ago, though the incident have given him serious injuries, according to report by The Examiner site.

Swallowed by hippo - Paul Templers interview about being swallowed by a hippo
Paul Templer’s interview about being swallowed by a hippo 
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Paul Templer, 44-years-old, the man behind the hippo’s mouth and he tells the story about his experience of having been swallowed by a hippo.

Templer said, "We were near the end of the tour, the light was softening and we were taking in the tranquillity. The solid whack I felt behind me took me by surprise."

He added, "The hippo who tried to kill me wasn't a stranger – he and I had met before a number of times. I was 27 and owned a business taking clients down the Zambezi river near Victoria Falls. I'd been working this stretch of river for years, and the grouchy old two-ton bull had carried out the occasional half-hearted attack. I'd learned to avoid him. Hippos are territorial and I knew where he was most likely to be at any given time."

At that moment, he was together with his 3 apprentice guides – Mike, Ben, and Evans – all in kayaks at Zambezi river.

And fortunately, Paul was given helped by his apprentice and managed to stop the bleeding and took him quickly to a medical team.

Paul Templer got 40 puncture wounds and a crushed arm that eventually had to be amputated, and an exposed lung.

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