You may find this story hard to swallow – but a man is telling the tale of how he was swallowed by a hippo ... and survived.
17 years ago, travel guide Paul Templer was leading a group of clients in kayaks near Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls when they encountered a rogue hippo, which flipped a colleague’s boat.
Just before Paul reached the boat to save his fellow guide, he was engulfed in darkness ... in a place he says was slimy and smelled of rotten eggs. Having realized he had been swallowed by the hippo, Paul somehow managed to escape during the animal's next breath. But the hippo wasn’t going to let him get away without a fight, leaving Paul with almost 40 puncture wounds before the animal submerged again.
Doctors initially believed that both Paul’s arms and part of his injured leg would have to be amputated. But in the end, he lost only his left arm. Paul still works as a travel guide today. His essay in the U.K.’s The Guardian has since gone viral. (People)