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How Colombia's cocaine hippos are living la vida loca

Like a Roman emperor, Pablo Escobar brought wild animals to his hacienda from Africa — lion, zebra, giraffe and three hippos. The hippos are still there

12 December 2021 - 00:03

Cocaine hippos are a thing. Not the thing you imagine. That is if your imagination turns to bizarre newfangled ways to transport the Colombian marching powder across state borders. The cocaine hippos I speak of are, in fact, the remnants of Pablo Escobar’s menagerie.

The cocaine hippos that got away. At his hacienda, which now operates as a kind of Graceland for aficionados of Narcos and all things Escobar (a Powderland if you like), El Patron kept more than 250 species of wild animals...

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