This is ABSOLUTELY nutty!! I read this 3 times......because it's almost impossible to believe
Pablo Escobar's hippos are taking over the marshlands of Colombia — and need to face the same fate as their late owner before they become impossible to control, scientists have warned. The so-called "cocaine hippos" were illegally imported to the country by the notorious drug lord, who was shot dead by authorities in 1993.
But the rapidly breeding beasts have grown to become the largest invasive species on the planet — and could reach dangerous numbers in the next two decades. "Nobody likes the idea of shooting a hippo, but we have to accept that no other strategy is going to work," ecologist Nataly Castelblanco-Martínez told the outlet.
When Escobar was killed, authorities took control of his 7,000-acre estate, including a personal zoo. While most of the animals found homes at zoos elsewhere, four of the hippos escaped. With no real predators, there are anywhere between 80 and 100 descendants of Escobar's former pets terrorizing the country's lakes and rivers, the Telegraph reported.
Scientists have projected that the hippo population could surge to 1,500 by 2024. The hippos pose a threat to the natural wildlife since their urine and feces are toxic, potentially sickening other species and even humans, the Telegraph reported. David Echeverri Lopez, a government environmentalist, said they’re racing to castrate the critters before they take over.