Hippo kills MI grandmother during African safari: She was an 'absolute treasure'

Henrietta Strickland
August 11, 2017

Carol Kirken was with family when it happened. The same day Kirken posted about the migration, she was attacked and died in her son's arms.

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

"She was on her annual holiday with family members for an African safari".

The 75-year-old was a registered nurse and was a doctor recruiter for Crittendon Hospital. She would have surely achieved it if not for this accident. "We are shocked and saddened at her early departure from our lives".

Family and friends are remembering a Rochester Hills woman after she was killed by a hippopotamus on an African safari. A post on August 1 mentioned seeing "many lovely animals today", including four to five hippos and bull elephants.

Hippos kill more people than any other mammal.

"Though they occasionally spar with crocodiles, a growing number of skirmishes are with humans".

Hippo attacks have been generating considerable buzz in recent weeks.

A celebration of life for Kirken is scheduled to take place at Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, 339 Walnut Boulevard, in Rochester from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20.

In the days following Kirken's death, friends and family paid tribute to the fallen woman, expressing shock and dismay with her untimely death.

A noted local philanthropist, Kirken helped found the Women's Fund of Rochester Hills, and also worked to help military families in need.

"She was just a rocket of passion and enthusiasm", Randy Secontine, who sat on the board to the local YMCA with Kirken, told the Detroit Free Press.

"Carol was a passionate leader, and she dedicated herself to causes to help those who were less fortunate", Barnette said.

"She is a person who left a positive mark in this community a lot of people who benefited because of her passion", Barnett told the news channel.

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

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