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Old 02-10-2019, 01:28 PM  
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Druglord hippopotami threatening Colombia

I'll copy the whole article since CBS puts annoying loud ads in their links, which I find to be rude.

My key questions are:

1. How did they forget the hippos?
2. Pablo Escobar's estate is a theme park? Whose idea was that?

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pablo-e...ow-to-stop-it/

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


Fishing villages, small boats and children at play dot the landscape along the shallow waterways of Colombia's Magdalena River. But an invasive species left behind by one of the country's most infamous figures is threatening the ecosystem and, possibly, a way of life.

That species? Hippos. The giants, native only to Africa, are now running wild in Colombia, reports CBS News' Manuel Bojorquez.

The story of Colombia's hippos starts in Villa Napoles, the former estate of Pablo Escobar, who in his heyday had four hippos smuggled there for his private zoo.

Escobar's ranch housed hundreds of exotic animals including rhinos, elephants and giraffes. By the 1980s, his cocaine empire made him the wealthiest and most feared drug lord in the world. For Colombia, it was a reign of terror. He's said to be responsible for some 7,000 deaths.

Around the time Escobar met his death in the early 90s, the government relocated most of the animals but not the hippos who were basically allowed to roam free.

"People forgot the hippos," said biologist David Echeverri, who works with CORNARE, the environmental agency in charge of tracking and managing the hippos in the region. He estimates there are about 50 or more of them now.

The area where they roam is a paradise for the animals who have no predators and ample food and water. But they're getting too close to people. It's not uncommon to spot a three-ton hippo walking around town. Locals call them the "village pets," but Echeverri said the "dangerous" and "territorial" species is anything but.

In Africa, hippos cause more human deaths than any other large animal. So far, there are no known attacks in Colombia.

The majority of the hippos still live inside Escobar's former estate, which was turned into a theme park in 2007, but the issue is that they can't keep them contained. Some have been able to get out which is how they are turning up in other areas.

Oberdan Martinez runs a theme park there, where the hippos are a main attraction. According to Martinez, Colombia's the only place you'll see a pack of hippos in the wild outside of Africa. He also said it's more common to see a hippo in that area than a pig.

There's concern the hippos have already started to displace native wildlife, like the manatee, and keep getting too close for comfort.

In the past year, fisherman Pablo Jose Mejia has come across five hippos that ventured outside of the theme park. But he said they're like dogs – if you know how to deal with them, you'll be fine.

But Echeverri fears, with an ever-growing hippo population, it's only a matter of time until someone gets hurt and killing the animals has proven highly unpopular.

"We can't just kill the hippos and the other solution is relocating hippos, sterilizing hippos," Echeverri said, although he acknowledged that would be an expensive and dangerous process.

With limited funds, it's a solution unlikely to stem the tide on a legacy that just keeps resurfacing.
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:01 PM   #46
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:05 PM   #47
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I've read that it was once proposed to introduce hippos to the Louisiana bayou as a way to fight a meat shortage.

Imagine hippos in the swamps all over southeast America..
Uhhmmm that's what most of the women look like down there.
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The villagers need to train them as majestic steeds they ride around and into battle. Mount antifreeze cannons to them and carve spears out of AIDS tree branches. That would be a sweet story to read
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Uhhmmm that's what most of the women look like down there.
Y'know, before I went to Peru I envisioned them as all squatty little women with bowler hats. But that wasn't true at all. A flirty conquistador could enjoy himself immensely there.

Oh. Never mind. I thought you were talking about Colombia, not Louisiana. But I'll leave my observation up, because it makes me happy to think about it.
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Can't they just release some squareopotami to balance the ecology?

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At least it's hard-working hippopotami and not those lazy long-haired hippiepotami.
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I'll bet Hippo tastes like giant pork.....and I'll wager the hams and bacon are outstanding.
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I want a Columbian hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a Columbian hippopotamus will do
Don't want a doll, no dinkey tinker toy
I want a Columbian hippopotamus to get stoned with and enjoy
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But I bet the’re bastards when they’re drinking.
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I'll bet Hippo tastes like giant pork.....and I'll wager the hams and bacon are outstanding.
They would certainly redefine the term "fatback".
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Hippopotamus. In the words of author and hunter Peter Hathaway Capstick, “It is my personal opinion that hippo meat is one of the finest of game foods … The taste is mild, less than lamb and more than beef, slightly more marbled than usual venison. It tastes exactly like, well, hippo.”
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