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Colombia begins sterilizing Pablo Escobar’s hippopotamus

Colombian government has started sterilization Pablo Escobar’s horny hippopotamus To prevent overly fertile offspring of former pets from the late drug trafficking organization from hijacking the country’s wetlands.

Of the more than 80 hippos, 24 are treated with sterilizing chemicals. BBC report..

Of all the animals owned by Pablo Escobar, the hippopotamus is reportedly his favorite.
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According to scientists, hippos pose a threat to Colombia’s natural wildlife because of their toxic urine and feces.

In 1993, one male and three female hippos escaped from Escobar’s 7,000-acre jungle Hacienda between Medellín and Bogata after the cocaine Kingpin was shot dead by authorities.

Escobar zebras, elephants, ostriches, camels and giraffes have all found homes in zoos around the world. But the illegally imported hippo quartet (reportedly Kingpin’s favorite) had better plans.

“It was logistically difficult to move them, so authorities left them there thinking they would probably die,” Colombian biologist Natalie Castel Blanco told the BBC earlier this year.

Since then, hippopotamus populations have increased, occupying the countryside near Haciendana Poles, Kingpin’s former ranch.

Scientists say that the country’s hippo population Can surge to 1,500 By 2024 if nothing is done.

Colombia begins sterilizing Pablo Escobar’s hippopotamus

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