You may have known about drug king Pablo Escobar, in full Name, Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria, (born December 1, 1949, Rionegro, Colombia—died December 2, 1993, Medellín). He was a Colombian criminal who, as head of the Medellín cartel, was arguably the world’s most powerful drug trafficker. In the 1980s and early ’90s. He killed by America’s special force and Columbian army in 1993.
Do you know about his hippos?
His hippos, they have become a big problem to Columbia. If you are wondering how did Pablo get hippos? He was very fond of animals that’s why he made a special zoo for animals. In this zoo, he housed animals that were not found in Columbia. In his time, he had 4 hippos in that zoo.
Now their number and reach have become so much that scientists are suggesting to limit their number. They have become a threat to the environment.
Valderrama, whose job until recently included watching over the hippos in the Magdalena, has seen animals up to 250km (155 miles) away from Hacienda Napoles. Fishermen are terrified of the three-tonne herbivores, he says. At night, the animals roam the countryside, wandering into ranches, eating crops, and occasionally crushing small cows.
Colombian people, he believes, are more vulnerable than Africans because they see hippos as cuddly, “floppy” animals. The respected El Colombiano newspaper recently reported that children in a school near Hacienda Napoles are sharing a pond with the animals, and having direct contact with hippo calves at home.
But adult hippos are dangerous. Despite their ungainly appearance, they are very agile in the water and can charge on land at up to 18 mph (29km/h). It’s often said that hippos are responsible for more human deaths in Africa than any other animal – though it may be more accurate to say they cause more deaths than any other wild mammal.
How To Stop Them
To stop them male and female hippos were operated but nothing change, In 2019 number of hippos was 80. According to researchers, their increasing number has created an imbalance for the aquatic environment in the area. Plants from fish to aquatic trees are being affected. Apart from this hippos have also attacked many people. Researchers have told CNN that there appears to be no way other than to kill some hippos. They said if we don’t stop them then in upcoming years their number will rise to 400 to 500.
What do you think killing them is a solution?