Group of Hippos imported by a notorious Colombian drug lord parblo Escobar are being sterilized

Group of Hippos imported by a notorious Colombian drug lord parblo Escobar are being sterilized

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Group of Hippos imported by a notorious Colombian drug lord parblo Escobar are being sterilized—

Escobar, who was shot dead by police in 1993, illegally imported exotic animals, including a male and a female hippo – dubbed the “cocaine hippos”.

Since then, a growing population has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch, Hacienda Nápoles.

The Colombian government has so far sterilised 24 of more than 80 animals.

They have been treated with a chemical that will make them infertile.

Colombian environmentalists say the hippos, believed to be the biggest herd outside Africa, are an invasive species and have pushed away the native fauna.

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Many have campaigned for the animals to be culled or sterilised.

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