Rochester Hills woman dies in hippopotamus attack


"Our cherished Carol Kirken died in Tanzania on August 5th".

Fox2 Detroit reports that Kirken was attacked by a hippo the same day she posted to Facebook about witnessing a massive migration.

National Geographic placed hippos on its "Deadly 60" list, stating the animal "is extremely unpredictable, making it the most risky mammal in Africa".

A noted local philanthropist, Kirken helped found the Women's Fund of Rochester Hills, and also worked to help military families in need. Known for their aggressive, territorial nature, they have very sharp teeth and can easily run down a human when on land.

Family and friends are remembering a Rochester Hills woman after she was killed by a hippopotamus on an African safari.

And a farewell service for the woman is scheduled for August 20.

Hippo attacks have been generating considerable buzz in recent weeks.

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Rochester Hills woman dies in hippopotamus attack

Many posted about the shocking loss on social media - but also paying tribute to a vibrant nurturing woman who inspired so many.

Her grandson Eric Strickler wrote on Facebook: 'You were an wonderful woman and the greatest grandmother anyone could ask for'.

Kirken served as the vice president of Arbonne International, a cosmetics and skincare company, and had worked with the organization for more than 20 years, according to her profile on the site.

Family members are now said to be working to get the gran's body transported back to the US. In the meantime, a farewell to Kirken is scheduled for Sunday at the Potere-Modetz Funeral home in Rochester.

Kirken is survived by three children and five grandchildren.

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett told WJBK that he was in "just shock" that she was killed.

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