Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, had a thing for hippos. The hippos at his former estate are arguably the biggest herd outside Africa according to environmentalists in the country.
They are now being sterilised — treated with a chemical to render them infertile by the Colombian government.
Escobar, who was believed to be one of the world’s richest men in the 1980s, imported exotic animals, including a male and a female hippo – labelled “cocaine hippos”.
The Current State Of The Hippos
Ever since then, the numbers have increased like the value of the US Dollar, with a huge number at Hacienda Nápoles — his former ranch near the countryside.
About 24 have been sterilised so far. When the government seized Hacienda Nápoles, they took other animals to different zoos in Columbia. But were unable to move the hippos.
“It was logistically difficult to move (the hippos) around, so the authorities just left them there, probably thinking the animals would die,” Colombian biologist Nataly Castelblanco said earlier this year.
However, moving these animals can be possible, employing the safe Namibian upside-down method with the use of a helicopter 🙂