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Pablo Escobar's hippos keep multiplying and Colombia doesn’t know how to stop it






Pablo Escobar, the late Colombian drug lord notorious for his extravagant lifestyle seems to have left behind a legacy of sorts on the Columbia’s ecosystem, which as expected, is causing more harm than good. The hippos that he imported from Africa to his personal zoo are multiplying rapidly and creating havoc with the region’s ecosystem.

Besides disrupting local wildlife, the hippos are terrorizing villages nearby as they prevent them from using the waterways and streams.

Most of the exotic species from Escobar’s zoo were either returned to their natural habitats or housed in sanctuaries, except four hippos, which are now estimated to have multiplied to about 50. While most of the hippos are still found at Escobar’s former estate, which was turned into a theme park almost a decade ago, some have wandered almost 100 miles away.

Predictably, the hippos presence in the region has caused chaos and discomfort among native species which are no match for the powerful animal. The locals are in a quandary about how to deal with these large beasts as they are torn between their desire to protect the animal which they consider to be a local mascot, and the need to keep the environment safe. Their protests against the hunting of the animals by officials led a federal judge to impose a ban on hunting them down. Experts believe that relocating the animals will be the best way forward.

Meanwhile, they are still a big attraction for tourists at the Escobar theme park, where they have their own exhibit.

Pablo Escobar’s legend has grown after his death and spread far and wide. The drug lord who was said to be responsible for more than 7000 deaths in the late 1980s due to his drug ring, was the chief supplier of cocaine into the U.S., accounting for roughly 80% of its imports into the country.
Pablo Escobar's hippos keep multiplying and Colombia doesn’t know how to stop it Pablo Escobar's hippos keep multiplying and Colombia doesn’t know how to stop it Reviewed by Tyler on February 23, 2019 Rating: 5

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