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'Cocaine hippos' in India? Experts flag their high maintenance cost

The Colombian authorities, according to reports, have reached out to the Greens Zoological Rescue and Rehabilitation Kingdom (GZRRC) in Jamnagar, Gujarat, for the rehabilitation of these feral hippos

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Nitin Kumar New Delhi
When the Colombian authorities seized Pablo Escobar’s sprawling estate Hacienda Napoles after the ‘the king of cocaine’ was shot dead by the police in 1993, they found it to be home to multiple exotic beasts from Africa -- from elephants to ostriches and giraffes, and of course, four hippopotami. Though most animals were moved to new homes in zoos, the four hippopotami — three females and one male — were left on the ranch; they escaped, thrived, and started to breed. Today they number around 160.

In a bid to avoid an ecological disaster, the South American nation has floated

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First Published: Mar 22 2023 | 1:23 PM IST

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