Pablo Escobar’s ‘cocaine hippos’ multiply – and start attacking people: ‘Very dangerous’
Four hippopotamuses were originally brought to Colombia in the 1980s and were part of the late drug kingpin’s menagerie, Hacienda Napoles.
Several people are said to have recently encountered hippos descended from Pablo Escobar’s so-called “cocaine hippos.”
It appears that some people who encountered the animals were taken to hospital
Experts believe the population could grow from about 170 now to about 1,000 in 2035 if appropriate action is not taken.
The numbers of hippos descended from Pablo Escobar’s so-called “cocaine hippos” are said to be on the rise – and some locals are growing concerned about their presence.
There are currently about 170 hippos roaming northwest Colombia, according to her CNN And Deputy. Local officials have since been trying to mitigate problems surrounding the invasive species, which now appears to have begun attacking humans.
Some residents who encountered the animals were taken to the hospital according to CBS News And Deputy.
“They are very dangerous,” one local resident said. Fox News.
Students and parents at a school in Doradal are among those who have encountered one of the descendants of the “cocaine hippopotamus.” Recently an animal showed up in the school yard while they were all together.
“Mothers get scared when they see an animal that big,” teacher Dounia Arango told CBS News.
Several hippos have made their home in a lake just 20 yards from the same school. David Echeverri, an official with the local environmental authority, said about 35 children were playing in the area and could “provoke a tragedy” if they came into contact with the animals.
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“Although they may seem very calm, at any moment, due to their highly unpredictable behavior, they can attack, as happened before,” Echeverry added.
The four hippos were originally brought to Colombia in the 1980s and were part of Escobar’s private zoo, Hacienda Napoles, according to the American “space” website. Deputy And NPR. The animals were abandoned after the drug lord’s death in 1993, allowing them to reproduce rapidly.
However, experts believe the population could rise to 1,000 by 2035 if proper action is not taken, CBS News and CNN reported.
In November 2023, Colombia’s Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development announced a three-point plan to try to mitigate the country’s invasive hippopotamus population, which includes sterilization, transportation, and even “ethical” euthanasia, according to CNN and BBC.
“We are here in a race against time in terms of the permanent environmental and ecosystem impacts that are being generated,” Environment Minister Susana Mohammed said in a statement. statement, according to CNN. “That is why we cannot say that only one strategy is effective for achieving our goal, which is population control.”
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