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6 animals beloved by crazy drug lords

Aug. 23, 2012, 5:50 p.m.
hippopotamus

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Hippos

[skipwords]Hippos became one of the best known drug lord favorites after four of Pablo Escobar's hippos escaped from his lavish private zoo and established a small colony in the rivers of Colombia near the drug lord's former 7,000-acre estate. The hippopotamus is native to Africa and is a large and powerful animal that spends its days in the water and evenings grazing on land. They are considered to be one of the most dangerous animals in the world and regularly attack people who wander into their range. It's no surprise why such an animal would be attractive to a drug kingpin. (This photo shows one of Escobar's hippos.)[/skipwords]