The Colombian government wants to sterilize all of Pablo Escobar’s hippos. The once feared drug lord and also the richest man in the world, had the hippos illegally imported from Africa in 1993. Since then, the mammals have reproduced en masse. And Colombia wants to make short work of that.
In total there are more than 80 hippos. They all get a chemical that makes them infertile. This intervention is at the request of many Colombians, because the animals can also be dangerous.
The hippos were the first inhabitants of Escobar’s private zoo. Forty years later, they are one of the last to linger around his estate in Colombia.
The animals have exchanged their shelter in the Hacienda Napoles, Escobar’s imposing luxury estate that he was able to pay for through the worldwide cocaine trade, for the fertile wetland between Medellin and the capital Bogota.
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