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(NYPost)   Beware the cocaine hippos   (nypost.com) divider line
    More: Scary, Pablo Escobar, Pablo Escobar's hippos, Colombia, cocaine hippos, real predators, Drug lord, Ecology, David Echeverri Lopez  
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2021-01-18 3:38:52 AM  
On the one hand, even tiny invasive species can cause huge problems in the wrong environments, as explained in the article.

On the other, many plants in the Americas couldn't distribute their seeds once the native megafauna went extinct. If it wasn't of interest to human cultivation their fruit literally couldn't fall far from the tree; and some among those still needed to be softened through some creature's digestive tract in order to germinate. I'm not saying hippos could fill a vacant niche like that in Columbia; but it's possible.
 
2021-01-18 5:24:30 AM  
have now grown to become the largest invasive species on the planet

Not sure is serious. We have invasive trees that are heavier than a hippo(if this is what they mean). Some people thought it would be cool to bring Baobab trees from Africa to the Caribbean and South America. If they are talking about the entire mass of an invasive specie, then you might want to look at the shear mass of  ALL carp in North America.  The early Europeans brought those ugly mofos here then some asshats centuries later decided it was a good idea to bring their ugly Asian cousins over.
 
2021-01-18 6:47:19 AM  
I read that as cocaine hippies. Going to get more coffee now.
 
2021-01-18 7:08:09 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: have now grown to become the largest invasive species on the planet

Not sure is serious. We have invasive trees that are heavier than a hippo(if this is what they mean). Some people thought it would be cool to bring Baobab trees from Africa to the Caribbean and South America. If they are talking about the entire mass of an invasive specie, then you might want to look at the shear mass of  ALL carp in North America.  The early Europeans brought those ugly mofos here then some asshats centuries later decided it was a good idea to bring their ugly Asian cousins over.


Honorable mention to the Africanized Honeybee invasion
 
2021-01-18 7:42:51 AM  
The first question to ask about an invasive is "how does it taste?"
With hippos, apparently delicious.

(The warthog infestation in Texas is a very different story. Every recipe for warthog starts with "marinate for a day".)
 
2021-01-18 12:40:16 PM  

styckx: drjekel_mrhyde: have now grown to become the largest invasive species on the planet

Not sure is serious. We have invasive trees that are heavier than a hippo(if this is what they mean). Some people thought it would be cool to bring Baobab trees from Africa to the Caribbean and South America. If they are talking about the entire mass of an invasive specie, then you might want to look at the shear mass of  ALL carp in North America.  The early Europeans brought those ugly mofos here then some asshats centuries later decided it was a good idea to bring their ugly Asian cousins over.

Honorable mention to the Africanized Honeybee invasion


Cross breeding is a big problem. When we get hippo sized honeybees, we will miss the murder hornets.
 
2021-01-18 9:39:43 PM  
Stop them?  You first, Mr. Scientist.
 
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