Pablo Escobar still haunts Colombia — in hippo form

Drug lord Pablo Escobar imported many exotic animals to his hacienda. Most of them are gone now, but Colombia turns out to be a nice place for hippopotamuses, and their herd is growing.

Sixteen years after the infamous Mr. Escobar was gunned down on a Medellín rooftop in a manhunt, Colombia is still wrestling with the mess he made.

Wildlife experts from Africa brought here to study Colombia’s growing numbers of hippos, a legacy of Mr. Escobar’s excesses, have in recent days bolstered the government’s plan to prevent them — by force, if necessary — from spreading into areas along the nation’s principal river. But some animal-rights activists are so opposed to the idea of killing them that they have called for the firing of President Álvaro Uribe’s environment minister.

From The New York Times, via OMG Facts.

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