A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch
The United States is dealing with a booming population and shortage of good rangeland to raise cattle, paired with an increase in foreign demand for beef, resulting in a spike in the cost of meat. Frederick Burnham and Fritz Duquesne, formerly sworn enemies, put aside their grievances to answer the meat question, and an unrelated invasion of the Brazilian Water Hyacinth in one fell swoop with the the introduction of African Hippopotamuses to the bayous of Louisiana. [more inside]
Measuring the fecal output of hippos. If you wanted to spend the first day of July watching a timelapse video of a Hippo enclosure being cleaned, filled & then dirtied again, you've come to the right place. Full details of the research being done are on this blog post.
So you're a hippo expert are you? You've seen the excellent hippo flash and hippo fight video at pbs. You're bored by the surprisingly tame hippo courtship video. You may even know that cannibalism may be responsbile for anthrax in hippos. But did you know about the species of leech that breeds exclusively in their rectum? Yeah, I thought not. More here on page 28 [pdf].