JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A hippo that had wandered into a swimming pool at a game reserve in South Africa has died as a game capture team tried to extract it.

Wildlife rescue expert Simon Prinsloo said the young hippopotamus died Friday.

The hippo went into the pool on Tuesday at the Monate Conservation Lodge north of Johannesburg. The pool was big enough for the hippo to swim in but had no steps and there was no way it could get out on its own. Rescuers sprayed water on the hippo to keep it cool as they drained water from the pool as a crane stood by to lift the heavy animal.

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