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Crazy Plan to Bring Hippo Ranching to America

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 09:10 PM

In the early years of the last century, the U.S. Congress considered a bold and ingenious plan that would simultaneously solve two pressing problems - a national meat shortage and a growing ecological crisis. The plan was this: hippopotamus ranching.

http://www.wired.com...tamus-ranching/

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 09:42 PM

Uh-huh...I see.
Well, just wait until they try herding these things then we'll see who gets the last laugh.

Hippos are not exactly "docile" and stupid like the factory farm cows are...


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Posted 21 December 2013 - 10:07 PM

will they start selling hippos milk as well? Which is pink

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 10:12 PM

I do wonder if whoever thought of this idea was aware of the fact the hippo is the most dangerous creature in Africa other then the mosquito.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 12:28 AM

View Postspartan max2, on 21 December 2013 - 10:07 PM, said:

will they start selling hippos milk as well? Which is pink

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I don't think a hippo is gonna stand for being milked. Ah..the fun begins...


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 01:57 PM

I don't think they realised just how dangerous these animals were, back in 1910 when this was proposed.. Even the croc,s are scared of these guys. The whole plan would've ended in disaster I reckon, you need a pretty big gun to deal with animals that are effectively bulletproof!


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 03:31 PM

Howdy pardner, yeah, me and the hippoboys will ride out in the morning on our crocs to do the roundup.


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 06:36 PM

Maybe this does merrit some research.    If the meat is good, I think modern technology could allow "Hippo ranches" to be successful.   I guess the multiply fairly quickly.   They feed on most grasses and vegetation.    In a secure pen with abundant swampy area, having GPS tagged hippos might be OK.


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 07:18 PM

They seem to like boats and people.  [*facepalm* *eyeroll*]

"The hippo is extremely aggressive, unpredictable and unafraid of humans, upsetting boats sometimes without provocation and chomping the occupants with its huge canine teeth and sharp incisors. Most human deaths occur when the victim gets between the hippo and deep water or between a mother and her calf. I've read descriptions of their ground-rumbling charges--bellowing loudly, swinging their heads like giant sledgehammers, the massive open mouth with slashing teeth..."

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 07:50 PM

that cute smile :D


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 08:32 PM

"Hippo Ranching" sounds a little bit like something my friends and I did a few times in college.

Is it a variation on "hogging?"


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Posted 24 December 2013 - 01:10 AM

View PostSir Wearer of Hats, on 21 December 2013 - 10:12 PM, said:

I do wonder if whoever thought of this idea was aware of the fact the hippo is the most dangerous creature in Africa other then the mosquito.

only due to most people underestimating their territorial aggresion..


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Posted 24 December 2013 - 02:34 AM

I'm not sure that they would be effective water hyacinth control anyway, I thought they generally leave the water and feed on grass after dark. I think the best think you could do for water hyacinth is to have specially constructed boats that would skim it off the surface and the take it to be processed into various products: green fertilizer, methane to run engines, palletized for animal fodder, etcetera. The way it grows it's the ultimate renewable resource.

Hippos are killers, better not to let them run amok.


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Posted 24 December 2013 - 02:54 AM

View PostSundew, on 24 December 2013 - 02:34 AM, said:

I'm not sure that they would be effective water hyacinth control anyway, I thought they generally leave the water and feed on grass after dark. I think the best think you could do for water hyacinth is to have specially constructed boats that would skim it off the surface and the take it to be processed into various products: green fertilizer, methane to run engines, palletized for animal fodder, etcetera. The way it grows it's the ultimate renewable resource.

Hippos are killers, better not to let them run amok.

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 11:53 AM

From cowboy to hypooboy lol





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