Rochester Hills woman dies in hippopotamus attack

Woman 75 killed by hippo while on safari with her family

A MI community is mourning the death of a Rochester Hills woman who died in a hippo attack while on vacation with her family in Tanzania.

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

The Detroit Free Press reported Carol Sue Kirken, 75, of Rochester Hills was on a safari during her vacation when the hippo attacked.

"Having past 75 years old", it reads, "she was resolutely shooting for 100. Carol died quickly in the arms of her son Robert". She was the kind of person who liked to be involved, and the community is feeling a deep loss after her death.

There are few details of what exactly happened, but hippos are known as among the most unsafe land animals on earth.

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Friends and family paid tribute to Carol following news of her death.

"Just shock", said Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett, according to comments obtained by Fox 2 Detroit.

'You were an fantastic woman and the greatest grandmother anyone could ask for, ' grandson Eric Strickler wrote on Facebook. She was well known in Rochester Hills for her charitable work at Crittenton Hospital Medical Center and the North Oakland YMCA and as a founding member of the Rochester Women's Fund.

Adding, 'She was always there to lend a helping hand to others, and I think the community is recognizing what a special lady we've lost'.

Kirken most recently served as national vice president for the Arbonne Cosmetics Company. In the meantime, a farewell to Kirken is scheduled for Sunday at the Potere-Modetz Funeral home in Rochester.

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