Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Video: Meet the Hippos of Colombia

In 1980, drug lord Pablo Escobar brought several hippos from Africa to his compound in Colombia. It turns out that the environment there was very similar to their natural habitat, and the creatures adapted quite well to their new home. But later, when Escobar was finally brought down and taken in for justice, the animals were left to their own devices. Now, they are cared for by a local conservation organization, and they continue to thrive in the South American jungle. This video tells their story.

1 comment:

Hans Baer said...

Funny: when I saw this headline I immediately was wondering whether these hippos where a legacy of Pablo Estobar's. That's because I am just watching the series on "Narcos" on Netflix, and the opening frames show some African animals on his safari site!