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Journal of No. 118

July 17th, 2009

Is there nothing beer can't do? @ 06:31 am

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BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia has called off the hunt to kill a drug lord's escaped hippo and will instead try to relocate the beast after its mate was shot dead by order of the government, sparking outrage from animal rights groups.
The giant animals were imported from Africa by late cocaine king Pablo Escobar and put in his zoo. They escaped in 2006 to live in the wild near the Magdalena river in northern Colombia, causing concerns about local public safety.
Colombia was shocked on Friday when photographs were published of the dead hippo, named "Pepe", and by news that the hunt was still on for his mate, "Matilda," who gave birth to a calf in the wild.
Bogota-based beer company Bavaria, owned by SABMiller, offered to bring in animal protection experts from South Africa and Tanzania to find the best way to care for the surviving hippo and her calf.
"We have accepted Bavaria's offer. The hunt is off."

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Date:July 17th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
Fun facts about hippos: they may look like cute roly-poly lumps, but they're extremely aggressive and dangerous, and widely regarded as "the most ferocious animal in Africa," according to Wiki.

Uncle Felix's staff adds heft to the description with some supporting 411. Point being, even as an animal lover myself, IMO Bogota's first response probably wasn't out of line on this one.

--- Ajax.

Journal of No. 118