A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Friday after taking off on a test flight, killing one person aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California’s Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said. (Oct. 31)
Virgin Galactic Spaceship by Steve Juvertson
These are not the Escobar hippos (they are from the San Diego Zoo), but you get the idea. (AP Photo/Ken Bohn)
By Sarah Larimer
This story has everything: a drug lord, a once-grand estate in the South American countryside, hippopotamuses.
According to the BBC, hippos once owned by Pablo Escobar are still roaming the grounds of the late Colombian drug lord’s former home, presenting a problem for locals and wildlife officials, who aren’t sure the best way to contain or control them.
Their confusion over the situation seems fair. “What should we do with Pablo Escobar’s hippos?” is not really a question one expects to face in life, but here we are, with a ranch full of hippopotamuses and very few options.
According to the BBC, the hippos were smuggled in as part of a zoo that Escobar built at Hacienda Napoles, his estate about 200 miles from Bogota. Escobar died in 1993, but his hippos remained on the land, even after the zoo’s other animals were relocated. Locals started to call in hippopotamus sightings about seven years ago, and have since reportedly had some close encounters:
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The outdoor shooting range in Dolan Springs has now changed the age requirement for children to be taught to play safely with weapons. If you happen to be just passing by the range, the new age is now 12 for any parent to consent to have their child taught how to shoot a weapon safely. Read more by clicking on the link below. A video of the shooting shows the moment when the gun started to swing towards the instructor. He had no chance to protect himself.
So, what did you do for fun this summer?
“Leo has been our fearless protector for close to seven years. He has lost vision in both of his eyes in the span of only a month. There is surgery that may help to restore vision in at least one of his eyes.
We are prepared to do everything possible to help our Leo see again. His medical bills so far, including testing, blood work, and medicine, are over $3,000. His surgery will cost approximately another $7,000.
We are reaching out to our family and friends and asking for a little bit of help to defray these costs. No gift is too small. Really. Whatever you can give will mean the world to us.”
Hello world I’ve been gone for awhile waiting for anything to write about. Every day I read about the sad state of our world. The endless regional conflicts are covered by many and sadly we’ve become so used to the massacres that we don’t blink. Hopefully my faithful readers will find the time to help my niece’s dog. Please help Leo.