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How Pablo Escobar’s ‘cocaine hippos’ became a biodiversity nightmare

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Animals brought illegally to Colombia by the drug kingpin have been allowed to roam free and are now disrupting the fragile ecosystem How to listen to podcasts: everything yo...

Can an animal be a person? Yes – if they are Pablo Escobar’s cocaine hippos

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For all those who keep up with Pablo Escobar’s “cocaine hippos”, some happy news: a federal US court has recognised them as “interested persons” with legal rights. The hippos owned by the late Colombian kingpin, and t...

‘I was terrified’: the vet sterilizing Pablo Escobar’s cocaine hippos

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When Gina Paola Serna studied to become a biologist and veterinarian in Colombia, she never expected to one day be tasked with neutering an invasive herd of hippos that once belonged to Pablo Escobar. When they were s...