Spokesperson for ER24, Bradman Stretcher, said the guard was in a serious condition after his arm ws bitten by the hippo.
The 46 year old security guard, Winston Goodprice had his right arm severely injured when the hippo became angry and snapped at him.
Speaking from his hospital bed late on Friday night, Goodprice, who is recovering slowly, said he was disappointed with the hippo, and would be laying a complaint with consumer watchdog website, HelloPeter.com.
“The hippo refused to give me a single insurance quote, and when I double-clicked for the third time, that is when the hippo became angry and attacked me,” said Goodprice.
Goodprice’s wife Olive said she was eventually forced to approach a broker in order to insure their goods.
“It’s too late for Winston, but we need to raise awareness, so this does not happen again,” says Olive.
Wildlife expert Douglas Barkfur says hippos should not be expected to provide insurance quotes.
“Too much is expected of our hippos, and as a result, many of them feel despondent, and act accordingly. This needs to stop. The victims here are the hippos,” said Barkfur.
Tala Game Reserve refused to comment.
The complaint with Hellopeter.com is pending.
At the time of going to print the hippo was in call centre training, and could not be reached for comment.