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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