This is the moment a huge hippo descended from those brought to Colombia by drug lord Pablo Escobar walks through a residential area as dogs bark wildly at it.
The bizarre scene was recorded by an onlooker in the municipality of Doradal, in the central north-western Colombian department of Antioquia where the hippos live after their descendants were brought from Africa by Escobar for his Hacienda Napoles country house.
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In the video, the huge hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) can be seen walking through a street in the town and children can be heard shouting.
The hippo continues on its stroll unaffected by the shouts or the wild barking of dogs.
Local media reported that nobody was injured in the incident but local residents reportedly ran away in a panic due to the potential risk of the hippo becoming aggressive.
Hippos are known to live in the area after Escobar had them brought over to live in the grounds of his country house along with other wild animals such as elephants, giraffes and ostriches.
The estate was turned into a theme park in 2014 and the original four hippos on the estate were found to have multiplied to at least 14 and now reportedly roam the local area.
Netizen ‘Junior Martinez Castano’ wrote: “Thanks Pablo Escobar. It is wonderful that after Africa, Colombia is the second home of hippos in their natural habitat”.
While ‘Jefferson Castano’ said: “It is called Pepe, and it is from the group of hippos living at the Hacienda Napoles”.
And ‘Karo Feliz’ added: “Very sad… the legacy of Don Pablo (Pablo Escobar) is not over… when ignorance holds the hand of money. Very dangerous for the community and very sad life for this animal.”