News from the Natural World: Colombia’s cocaine Hippos have used the famous Frankenstein Defence in an attempt to halt their extermination.
Colombia’s most famous son, human dandruff snorter Pablo Escobar may have been killed in 1993 but his influence continues to be felt in the country. Hippopotamuses brought to Colombia as part of Escobar’s private zoo at his ranch, Hacienda Napoles, have bred so successfully that there is serious concern over their environmental impact. A new study by researchers at Mexican and Colombian universities brought this to light. The Hippos have spread out from their original home, some 100 miles east of the city of Medellin. They have dispersed around the Magdalena river basin and their population continues to grow steadily.
The study was published in the January edition of the journal Biological Conservation. The authors recommend that Colombia’s Cocaine Hippos be culled. This is to prevent long-term negative effects on the local environment. But other scientists are calling for a castration program to control the hippo population. In addition, they cited concerns over animal welfare and the attachment of some locals to their new neighbours. Researchers say there are probably more than 80 hippos in the area today. This is up from 35 in 2012. Furthermore, they worry that the hippos will continue to spread throughout Colombia if no action is taken. But the plucky Hippos have come up with a rather unique defence to halt their destruction.
Colombia’s Cocaine Hippos Use Frankenstein Defence
The Frankenstein Defence was used by Frankensteins Monster to avoid destruction at the hands of violent and angry protesters. When Victor Frankestein creates the monster he is playing God. However, when the monster comes to life Victor rejects it and therefore proves how human he really is. Victor continues to reject the monster and his request to create a female companion for him throughout the book. Victor, therefore, does not uphold his responsibilities as a creator. This shapes the opinion that creators have responsibilities. Colombia’s Cocaine Hippos have argued that their creator as well has responsibilities. Neither Pablo Escobar originally or the Colombian Government subsequently have upheld their rights as creators.
The Hippos continue to question the authorities motivation. What are they meant to do? Try not to survive. Die when they can thrive in the swampy marshlands. Starve themselves when there is plenty of food to go around. No, they cannot do any of these things and argue that they are just trying to live their lives. In addition, they argue that animals need to be protected from future Dr Frankestein’s. The Hippos have launched a global campaign to force humans to take responsibility for the havoc they wreak on the natural world. They want to save any other animals from their fate. But will their fight be too late?
Colombia’s Cocaine Hippos hope that this Frankenstein Defence will save them from the same tragedy as often befalls the mistakes of humankind.
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