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The Problem of Escobar's Hippos

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#1    Eldorado

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 03:10 PM

'A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch - and no-one quite knows what to do with them.'

'"They found a creature in a river that they had never seen before, with small ears and a really big mouth," recalls Carlos Valderrama, from the charity Webconserva.
He went to look, and found himself faced with the task of explaining to startled villagers that this was an animal from Africa. A hippopotamus.'
Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk...gazine-27905743

Interesting article and you gotta love this quote:  "There are people saying, 'Oh why do you have to castrate them? Just let them be - castrate the politicians'”  -- Carlos Valderama

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 04:09 PM

Love the quote eldo...

But they really need to remove that population of hippos...  They will have no natural predators there (heck, hippos have very few natural preds ANYWHERE)...
Wild hippos in South America would be a big problem...


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Posted 26 June 2014 - 06:08 PM

View PostTaun, on 26 June 2014 - 04:09 PM, said:

But they really need to remove that population of hippos...  They will have no natural predators there (heck, hippos have very few natural preds ANYWHERE)...
Wild hippos in South America would be a big problem...

Forgive me if I don't volunteer.  lol

In all seriousness, what they gonna do?  Other than doing them in. The article even cites the World wildlife Fund as supporting extermination.  'Tis such a shame.  :(   Another black mark against Escobar's name, as if he needed any more.


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Posted 26 June 2014 - 06:15 PM

unfortunately the most logical thing is to hunt them and get rid of them.


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Posted 26 June 2014 - 10:20 PM

Tricky situation, they can't leave them there so have to do something. Shame if they have to kill them. They don't even know how many there are, the article says they estimate between 50 and 60, that's a lot of dead hippos.

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 12:09 AM

I suppose instead of killing them they could tranq them (heavily) and transport them back to Africa, or to a zoo or something...


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 12:37 AM

Hippos are territorial, irritable and aggressive. More people are killed in Africa by Hippos than all other animal related deaths combined. Draconian methods of extirpation are justifiable. Ten more escaped recently to join what has been described as a "sizable feral population" by the Colombian press. Yikes!

Edited by hammerclaw, 27 June 2014 - 12:43 AM.

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 12:46 AM

View PostEldorado, on 26 June 2014 - 03:10 PM, said:

'A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch - and no-one quite knows what to do with them.'

'"They found a creature in a river that they had never seen before, with small ears and a really big mouth," recalls Carlos Valderrama, from the charity Webconserva.
He went to look, and found himself faced with the task of explaining to startled villagers that this was an animal from Africa. A hippopotamus.'
Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk...gazine-27905743

Interesting article and you gotta love this quote:  "There are people saying, 'Oh why do you have to castrate them? Just let them be - castrate the politicians'”  -- Carlos Valderama

lol
Wouldn't work. Polititians reproduce by fission--like other vermin.

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 05:11 AM

View PostTaun, on 27 June 2014 - 12:09 AM, said:

I suppose instead of killing them they could tranq them (heavily) and transport them back to Africa, or to a zoo or something...

Worse off at an zoo than were they are now


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 05:14 AM

View Posthammerclaw, on 27 June 2014 - 12:37 AM, said:

Hippos are territorial, irritable and aggressive. More people are killed in Africa by Hippos than all other animal related deaths combined. Draconian methods of extirpation are justifiable. Ten more escaped recently to join what has been described as a "sizable feral population" by the Colombian press. Yikes!


Not all other animals combined, but I know what you mean. The main reason is that they don't act or look like a Lion/Croc/Snake/etc so there is a lack of precaution when around these animals.

View Posthammerclaw, on 27 June 2014 - 12:46 AM, said:

Wouldn't work. Polititians reproduce by fission--like other vermin.

Whoa, take it easy buddy, that's offensive. My uncle is a politician!...the mod might come in and delete your post too...


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 05:20 AM

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 07:41 PM

View Postg00dfella, on 27 June 2014 - 05:14 AM, said:

Not all other animals combined, but I know what you mean. The main reason is that they don't act or look like a Lion/Croc/Snake/etc so there is a lack of precaution when around these animals.



Whoa, take it easy buddy, that's offensive. My uncle is a politician!...the mod might come in and delete your post too...
Oh, that just worries me to death. I was paraphrasing from Robert Heinlein's novel, Starship Troopers. In the book, it's a reference about Sargeants.

Edited by hammerclaw, 27 June 2014 - 07:44 PM.

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 07:48 PM

View PostTaun, on 26 June 2014 - 04:09 PM, said:

Love the quote eldo...

But they really need to remove that population of hippos...  They will have no natural predators there (heck, hippos have very few natural preds ANYWHERE)...
Wild hippos in South America would be a big problem...
The problem is, is there a "they" that will step up and do it. I'm not holding my breath.

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 03:27 PM

I love it.

And now they should introduce Siberian tigers into Alaska before impotent Chinese men wipe them all out from China and Siberia.

In case you don't know, the Chinese think that tiger bone marrow increases libido and fertility, and so they will do anything to get these bones.

I'd rather crush their nads, but transporting Siberian tigers into Alaska is maybe a better way of saving the Siberian tiger.






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