>Colombia plans to fly dozens of its "cocaine hippos" -- the descendents of drug trafficker Pablo Escobar's private menagerie -- to new homes in India and Mexico in a bid to control their booming population, according to the local governor.
>There are now between 130 and 160 of the hippos, according to the Colombian government, and they have spread out far beyond Escobar's former ranch of Hacienda Napoles, where they began as a population of just one male and three females.
>Previously, authorities have tried to control their population using castrations and "shots" of contraceptive darts. But the contraceptive drives have had limited success.
>Now there's a plan to transfer 70 of the hippos to natural sanctuaries in India and Mexico, the governor of Antioquia province, where Hacienda Napoles is located, said in a Tweet.
Have they noticed any distinct physical features in these hippos in comparison to hippos of other areas? I’d imagine the inbreeding would have a potential effect in how they look and act.
iirc they are evolving to become smaller and more docile, because SA's native wildlife isn't an aggressive hellscape of elephants, crocs, and lions.
kill them and eat them, id eat a hippo
if these fuckers ever invade my country I swear I'll hunt and kill them off myself
They had almost hunted them to extinction in the 90s but a bunch of middle class urbanites baseded of out over a picture of some government hunters posing with a dead Hippo which led to them becoming protected animals.
Now they have more than they started with kek
Imagine the inbreeding
YES MORE HIPPOS MORE HIPPOS
Release them in France
>creates a new hippo outbreak in India and Mexico
They're being put in sanctuaries, they won't be sent to the wild
Life finds a way
Mexican Cartels vs Hippos
>tried to control their population using castrations
Imagine being the poor asshole who has to neuter wild hippo in the middle of some awful green hell.
Remember when they almost sent hippos to Louisiana as a new source of meat?
They should just kill them
They tried, there was backlash
They should just ignore the animalists. The integrity of freshwater habitats is more important than the tears of old childless women
For what fucking reason?
Aren't they pests in columbia?
They think they're cute
They won't think that the day they encounter one.
But all chances are they are city slickers that don't really care or know shit anyway.
Just wait for the maulings to begin. A few Brazilian kids getting chomped should change their attitudes
I wonder if they're more tame than the average hippo simply because their couple of ancestors were pet animals.
Pretty sure someone already got munched by one so I doubt it
colombians love escobar, so they love the hippos
The locals think they're cool and apparently bring in some tourist money, and of course they couldn't care less about invasive species doing harm to the environment
hippos are technically good for south america's habitat and biodiversity unironically, humans killed off all the megafauna a few thousand years ago and it really fucked with the place, but people don't like change and will immediately see it as a negative so those hippos are on borrowed time.
Except hippos aren’t analogous to any of the megafauna which used to live in South America, so suggesting they help despite filling an entirely different niche is a massive stretch
>aren't analogous to any of the megafauna which used to live in south america
That's not a river dwelling animal.
>capybaras aren't river dwelling animals
J. monesi was an estuarine animal
That's not a capybara, retard.
Not analogous in the slightest. It was a browser, not a grazer like a hippo
>Sending the hippos back to Africa risked doing more harm than good, for both the hippos themselves and the local ecosystem, María Ángela Echeverry, professor of Biology at the Javeriana University, previously explained to CNN.
>"Every time we move animals or plants from one place to the other, we also move their pathogens, their bacteria and their viruses. And we could be bringing new diseases to Africa, not just for the hippos that are out there in the wild, but new diseases for the entire African ecosystem that hasn't evolved with that type of disease," Echeverry said.
>Aside from reducing the number of hippos in Colombia, authorities are hoping to learn how to manage the remaining population, which are recognized as a potential tourist attraction.
I read something similar regarding why it's best not to mingle with isolated tribes in this modern era. Us "modern folks" have diseases and viruses that they never came into contact with that would more likely wipe them out. The same happened when Europeans brought sickness to the Native Americans via smallpox and other stuff the Natives weren't used to.
Kinda makes one wonder what would happen if aliens truly did invade this planet, and if there would be any foreign viruses or disease that they'd be capable of inflicting us with. Unless we already became affected with something already.
>A total of 70 hippos, a mix of males and females, are expected to be moved -- with 60 going to India and 10 to Mexico.
>The technical term for this operation is "translocating," governor Aníbal Gaviria explained in an interview with the Colombian outlet Blu Radio, as it would involve moving the hippos from one country that was not their native habitat to another that was also not their natural habitat.
>The goal was "to take them to countries where these institutions have the capacity to receive them, and to (home) them properly and to control their reproduction," Gaviria said.
>Sending the hippos back to their native land of Africa was "not allowed," Gaviria said.