Colombia sterilises 24 hippos on former estate of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar | World News

Twenty-four out of 80 hippopotamuses roaming on the former ranch of the late Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar have been sterilised because of the “uncontrolled” spreading of this “invasive” species, authorities mentioned on Friday.

Before he was shot lifeless by police in 1993, the infamous Escobar had bought a quantity of unique animals to dwell on his ranch, together with flamingos, giraffes, zebras and kangaroos.

After his demise, all however the hippopotamuses have been offered to zoos.

Escobar initially acquired a single female and male hippos.

They have been left to roam on his Hacienda Napoles estate, which has since been transformed right into a theme park, as they have been thought of to giant to attempt to transfer, however since then their numbers have multiplied.

The hippos have been shot with darts to inject them with a medication known as GonaCon, in line with a bulletin by Cornare, a regional environmental safety group within the northwest of Colombia.

“It’s a contraceptive that is effective in males and females” and cheaper than surgical sterilization, mentioned Cornare.

“However, it’s complicated because experts suggest giving three doses.”

Another 11 hippos have been beforehand sterilized by extra conventional means.

Experts consider this to be the biggest herd of hippopotamuses exterior of (*24*) and it has led to issues.

“The presence of these animals in an ecosystem that is not their own, brings consequences such as the displacement of local fauna,” mentioned David Echeverri, a Cornare professional quoted within the bulletin.

The hippos are additionally answerable for “changing ecosystems” and assaults on native fishermen.

Escobar grew to become one of the richest males on the planet, in line with Forbes, due to the drug trafficking empire he constructed.

Almost 30 years since his demise, Colombia stays the biggest producer of cocaine on the planet, a lot of it smuggled to the United States.

 

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