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article imageFormer notorious drug dealer's hippos wanted, one shot already

By Stephanie Dearing     Jul 11, 2009 in Crime
Years after the infamous Columbian drug dealer, Pablo Escobar, was gunned down, his hippos now face the same fate. One was shot and killed and two others are reportedly still on the loose.
Columbian authorities said that the decision to kill Escobar's hippopotami was not an easy decision to make, but they were forced to take action because the animals were causing damage to crops and livestock and people were complaining of the dangers posed by the loose hippos.
Escobar was Columbia's "Cocaine King," and was so wealthy from his drug trade that he created his own private zoo on his estate, Hacienda Napoles, in Columbia. Escobar brought in kangaroos, rhinos, hippos, camels, giraffes, zebras and elephants. Many of the animals were removed to zoos after Escobar was gunned down by Columbian police in 1993, but the hippos, along with some other animals, were left at Hacienda Napole. The hippos have successfully bred and their numbers increased.
Escobar s Presidential Campaign Posters
A file photo of Pablo Escobar's campaign posters.
According to reports, in 2003 a male and a female hippos escaped from the grounds of Hacienda Napoles and roamed freely, reproducing at the same time. The hippos were found last month some 100 kilometers away from Hacienda Napoles by reporters, and one male hippo was reported to have been killed last month.
Escobar was the "wealthiest, most powerful and most violent drug lord in modern history," named by both Forbes and Fortune as one of the world's top-ten richest people. Escobar is said to have been responsible for the deaths of at least 1,000 people, including police officers, judges, reporters, presidential candidates, an attorney general and a justice minister.
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