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Pablo Escobar’s hippos still terrorizing villagers in Colombia

September 20, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Pablo Escobar’s hippos still terrorizing villagers in Colombia Hippopotamus are seen at the Napoles ranch theme park in Puerto Triunfo municipality, Antioquia department, Colombia on November 23, 2013. The Napoles ranch, built on an area of 2,200 hectares by late drug lord Pablo Escobar, has turned into a theme park with a memorial museum, exotic animals and a simulation of a jurassic park. December 2, 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Escobar's death. TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ARIELA NAVARRO AFP PHOTO/Raul ARBOLEDA (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Pablo Escobar’s hippos still terrorizing Colombia

A herd of Pablo Escobar’s hippos has taken over the countryside near his Hacienda Napoles, ranch in Antioquia, located 200 miles north-west of Bogota.

Over two decades have passed since the death of the legendary drug lord, yet he’s still is managing to terrorize Colombia. Just recently children reportedly ran for their lives as the hippos belonging to Escobar charged through the streets.

The late cocaine kingpin kept smuggled hippos on his estate alongside other exotic animals such as elephants, flamingos, and zebras into his own private zoo on his old estate.

However, after years of largely being ignored by Colombian authorities, the number of hippos has swelled to become the largest herd living outside the African Continent.

In the most recent incident, children in Dorada, near where his estate located and is now a theme park, were forced to flee as hippos roamed the streets.

Colombia cocaine king Pablo Escobar

Colombia cocaine king Pablo Escobar

According to the U.K. newspaper the Mirror, one mother, Rosalba Casallas stated: “Hearing the screams of the children is something I will never forget. I thought someone was attacked. They were playing out in the street in the early evening when the hippo just emerged from the nearby river.

She added they were playing out in the street in the early evening when the hippo just emerged from the nearby river.”

“It was huge, a monster. It would have killed any of the children in an instant.”


Hippopotamus at the Napoles ranch theme park which was once the home of Pablo Escobar

“They look so innocent as they trudge along, but everyone here knows the power they possess.”

“The hippos are incredibly aggressive and so so big. No one stands a chance if they were to charge. It is only a matter of time before Pablo effectively takes another life,” the clearly shaken mother added.

The drug lord’s life is now chronicled in a popular Netflix series, Narcos, which brought in 3.2 million viewers worldwide during season 1.


The Hacienda Napoles is now a huge theme park with large dinosaur statues and a zoo

Sebastian Marroquin, Escobar’s son, condemned the series, claiming it was filled with inaccuracies, including which football team Escobar supported.

Escobar’s large property, which is allegedly nine times bigger than New York’s Central Park, was home to a myriad of animals that were smuggled into Colombia back in the 1980s.

He originally smuggled in four of the mammoth animals from California. Pablo Escobar’s hippos have since multiplied. Officials said between 30 and 35 of the Hippopotamuses, some weighing as much as 800 pounds have escaped and another 40 are living in the Hacienda Napoles.


More than 20 years after Pablo Escobar died in a brutal gunfight with police, he leaves behind the legacy of his pet hippos

Reporter Christopher Bucktin from the Mirror has seen the hippos up close (James Breeden)

Reporter Christopher Bucktin from the Mirror has seen the hippos up close (James Breeden)

According to some sources, their dominance of Pablo Escobar’s hippos continues as no one knows how to prevent the animals from mating and despite the fact that they are not native to North Colombia, they are adapting to the land very well.

Unlike the other animals, the hippos were much harder to relocate and were left in his large estate until it was purchased by a private company, who has since turned it into a theme park with a Jurassic Park exhibition, a water park, and a safari attraction.

The Escobar museum, the abandoned parts of his house, and his burned private car collection are still publicly accessible.’


The animals have left Escobar’s private zoo on his Napoles Estate and now, arguably the biggest wild hippo herd outside Africa, they break fences and defecate in the rivers of the quiet village of Dorada, Colombia

Escobar started his criminal career as a teenager dealing contraband cigarettes and stealing cars in Medellin, Colombia.

He transitioned and took on cocaine trafficking in the 1970s and became so successful that he had six helicopters and 15 planes that were used to smuggle drugs into the United States.

With an unbelievable $30 billion net worth, Escobar accumulated so much money that he reportedly spent $2,500 per month on rubber bands to keep the piles of cash neat.

Escobar was shot and killed while trying to escape across nearby roofs with his bodyguard, Alvaro de Jesus Agudelo, who was also killed, although some believe that the infamous drug lord actually committed suicide.

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