Colombia’s notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar may have been dead for over two decades, but his legacy continues to pose a problem for the country. This time, it’s his “cocaine hippos”.
Escobar was known for his extravagant lifestyle and owned a vast estate in Puerto Triunfo, Antioquia. The estate included exotic animals imported from Africa and other continents. After his death, many of the animals were relocated, but some of the hippos escaped and have been multiplying ever since.
The hippos have since become a problem for the environment, with their waste contaminating rivers and harming native species. Despite this, many Colombians have grown attached to the animals, and there have been protests against attempts to remove them.
Colombia’s solution to the problem has been to deport the hippos, and the country is currently in talks with India and Mexico about taking them in. The proposal has been met with mixed reactions, with some praising the move as a solution to the environmental issue and others criticizing it as an irresponsible decision that could pose risks to the animals’ well-being.
The proposal also raises questions about the responsibility that comes with owning exotic animals and the impact it can have on the environment. For now, the fate of Escobar’s hippos remains uncertain, but the situation highlights the need for better regulations and awareness around exotic animal ownership.