Sunday, February 10, 2008
Pablo Escobar's Hippos
During the 1980s, Pablo Escobar was one of the most feared men in the world. From his luxurious hacienda in the South American country of Columbia, he controlled the Medellín Cartel, a world-wide drug network. By 1989, he was estimated to be the tenth richest man in the world.
So what does one buy with that kind of ill-gotten cash? Apparently, one buys . . . hippos. The video below is one of the strangest things I've ever seen. Who would have guessed that a hardened drug lord would want a miniature "Jurassic Park" constructed on his estate? Or that he would import African hippos to frolic in his ponds?
Today, Escobar's hacienda is nothing but a ruin. But the hippos are still there--and they've multiplied. They're on the brink of taking over neighboring rivers, and no one is sure how to stop them.
Enjoy . . .