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INTL ‘People forgot the hippos’: Locals struggle to control Escobar’s strange legacy in Colombia
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    ‘People forgot the hippos’: Locals struggle to control Escobar’s strange legacy in Colombia

    More than 50 wild hippos left behind by notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar in Colombia are threatening both the ecosystem and the safety of locals, but nobody knows what to do with them.

    Escobar smuggled four hippos into his former ranch, Villa Napoles, as an addition to his private zoo which was home to hundreds of exotic (and illegal) animals including rhinos, elephants and giraffes.

    By the time Escobar died in a police shootout in the early 90s, most of the animals were relocated by the government - except for the hippos. It’s estimated that there are now more than 50 descendants of the non-native animals roaming free in the area.

    “People forgot the hippos,” David Echeverri of CORNARE, the environmental agency in charge of tracking and managing the hippos, told CBS News.

    Colombia is now the only place to witness a wild pack of hippos outside of Africa, and are often the main attraction at the estate, which was turned into a theme park in 2007. Most of the pack still live there but it’s difficult to keep them contained, and it’s common for some to go rogue and escape to the local village.

    Echeverri says that while locals affectionately refer to them “village pets,” the three-ton animals are a “dangerous” and “territorial” species. No attacks have been reported but the hippos are also accused of displacing native wildlife and the rapidly expanding population will only become more difficult to control, the wildlife expert warns.

    Hippo population control options are far from simple, though. Echeverri dismissed killing the animals and instead proposes relocating or sterilizing the animals, both of which would be expensive to put in place.

    https://www.rt.com/news/451141-pablo...ippo-colombia/
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    I would think someone who messes with " Those " Hippo's might be found hanging from the nearest bridge in the morning. Kind of like sacred cows in India except for the bridge part.
    Amazing that they grew to be fifty of them. Wildlife adapts.
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    If the hippos were close to Venezuela, it would be hippo stew, hippo sausage, hippo roast....
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    Hippo-tossing: a popular Colombian spectator sport more exciting and unpredictable than midget mud-wrestling!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Millwright View Post
    If the hippos were close to Venezuela, it would be hippo stew, hippo sausage, hippo roast....


    Thats what I was thinking at two to three tons each that good deal of meat and they can have one heck of a BBQ.

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    IIRC, The African Hunter/writer Peter Hathaway Capstick considered the hippo as dangerous as the Big 5.

    They'll kill you graveyard dead and leave a greasy spot where you were just previously among the living.
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    IIRC, The African Hunter/writer Peter Hathaway Capstick considered the hippo as dangerous as the Big 5.

    They'll kill you graveyard dead and leave a greasy spot where you were just previously among the living.
    Yep... he has several *very* close encounters with them, and didn't like riverbsnks after dusk because of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luddite View Post
    IIRC, The African Hunter/writer Peter Hathaway Capstick considered the hippo as dangerous as the Big 5.

    They'll kill you graveyard dead and leave a greasy spot where you were just previously among the living.
    Last I heard hippos were still killing more people than crocodiles. Maybe they could change the Escobar estate name to the "Darwinian Wildlife Preserve" and let nature take care of the tourists who think hippos are an aquatic version of Bambi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanstaafl View Post
    Last I heard hippos were still killing more people than crocodiles. Maybe they could change the Escobar estate name to the "Darwinian Wildlife Preserve" and let nature take care of the tourists who think hippos are an aquatic version of Bambi.
    That works. How about having a REALLY big smoker and marketing "Pablo's Pond Pigs"? Sounds like their numbers need thinning.
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