Late Colombian Drug Baron's Hippo Gunned Down

Colombia's government says it will stop trying to kill a hippopotamus. It was one of two hippos from the private zoo of drug lord Pablo Escobar. They got away in 2006 and lived in the wild. Concerned about public safety, authorities hunted one down. Angry animal rights groups persuaded officials to say they will safely relocate the other.

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Colombia's government says it will stop trying to kill a hippopotamus. One of two hippopotami - imported from Africa years ago for the private zoo of drug lord Pablo Escobar. Like their late one-time owner, they had a talent for escaping from custody. They got away in 2006 and lived in the wild. Concerned about public safety authorities hunted one down. Angry animal rights groups persuaded officials to let the other survive.

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