After Pablo Escobar’s death, his 4 hippos have become an invasive species in Colombia

pablo-escobar-hippoIn the late 1980s, Pablo Escobar kept four hippos in a private menagerie at his residence in Hacienda Napoles, 100 km east of Medellín, Colombia, after buying them in New Orleans.

When Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar was gunned down in 1993, he left behind a palatial estate with hippos. They were deemed too difficult to seize and move after Escobar’s fall, and hence left on the untended estate. By 2007, the animals had multiplied to 16 and had taken to roaming the area for food in the nearby Magdalena River.In 2009, two adults and one calf escaped the herd and, after attacking humans and killing cattle, one of the adults (called “Pepe”) was killed by hunters under authorization of the local authorities.

Today there are 40 Pablo Escobar’s hippos in Columbia.

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