Rochester Hills woman killed by hippo on African safari


The 75-year-old is described as a "bundle of energy" that lit up the room when she walked in.

Pictured Rochester Hills, Detroit woman, Carol Sue Kirken and her son, Robert Kirken.

"Carol died quickly in the arms of her son Robert", the family wrote in her obituary.

A 75-year-old MI woman died in her son's arms after being attacked by a hippopotamus during an African safari.

As she set off on the getaway, Kirken was shown in a Facebook photo smiling wide on a plane, according to FOX. She helped found the Women's Fund of Rochester Hills, and she and her friends gave away thousands to help women and children in hard situations improve their lives.

Family members are now said to be working to get the gran's body transported back to the US.

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Friends and family of Carol Kirken poured out tributes to the woman upon the shocking news of her death.

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

A registered nurse, Kirken was a doctor recruiter for Crittendon Hospital, and most recently worked as a national vice president for Arbonne Cosmetics Company.

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.

She leaves behind her husband, Bill, three children and five grandchildren, according to her obituary.

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett told WJBK that he was in "just shock" that she was killed. "There are few people in the community that you think of that are absolute treasures and Carol is one of those in our community".