Colombia plans to send 70 'cocaine hippos' to India and Mexico, governor says

Hippos float in the lake at Hacienda Napoles Park, once the private estate of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

(CNN)Colombia plans to fly dozens of its "cocaine hippos" -- the descendents of drug trafficker Pablo Escobar's private menagerie -- to new homes in India and Mexico in a bid to control their booming population, according to the local governor.

There are now between 130 and 160 of the hippos, according to the Colombian government, and they have spread out far beyond Escobar's former ranch of Hacienda Napoles, where they began as a population of just one male and three females.
The original hippos were part of a collection of exotic animals Escobar had amassed in the 1980s at his ranch about 250 kilometers (155 miles) from Medellín. After his death in 1993, authorities relocated most of the other animals, but not the hippos -- because they were too difficult to transport.
    But they have since begun to reproduce rapidly, extending their reach along