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Escobar’s ‘cocaine hippos’ to be relocated as they keep having sex

 - International - Mar 7 SHARE ON:
Escobar's 'cocaine hippos' to be relocated as they keep having sex

The descendants of Pablo Escobar’s ‘cocaine hippos’ are set to be relocated in India and Mexico in an attempt to control their booming population. 

Experts claim that the 4,000 pound animals won’t stop having sex and that they have taken over Colombia’s waterways, poisoning wildlife with their toxic urine and faeces. 

There are worries, expressed by the likes of Nature journal, that this hippo population could boom ten times to around 1,500 in just 20 years due to them constantly reproducing. 

Local governor Aníbal Gaviria said that transferring 70 of the hippos is very risky, as moving them means moving the pathogens and viruses they carry as well. He explained that sending them back to their native home would have done more harm than good. 

The goal is “to take them to countries where these institutions have the capacity to receive them, and to (home) them properly and to control their reproduction,” said Gaviria.

The small herd of hippos arrived in Colombia in the late 1980s by the wealthy cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. After his 1993 death, the animals were left to roam freely and populate the region of Magdalena Medio. 

The local environmental agencies have recorded two assaults on residents in 2021, with unsuccessful attempts at sterilisation in 2022 failing. This led to the hippos being declared as invasive species. 


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This line of products breathes new life into your hair whilst cleaning the ocean

 - Sponsored - Mar 7 SHARE ON:
This line of products breathes new life into your hair whilst cleaning the ocean

Hair care can be stressful and if you’ve ever been through the trials and tribulations of managing dry, rough hair, you know exactly what we’re talking about; thankfully John Frieda’s Deep Sea Hydration line is here for us.

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So benefit from what is being called “one of the best lines ever used” and try out the Deep Sea Hydration line today!


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Oldest woman in Malta turns 111 years old!

 - Local - Mar 7 SHARE ON:
Oldest woman in Malta turn 111 years old!

The People of Malta, a local project which highlights the island’s various inhabitants, took to social media to congratulate Malta’s oldest woman, Maria Farrugia, on her 111th birthday.

Born on the 7th of March 1912, Maria hails from Ħamrun and told the People of Malta on her 110th birthday last year that there are no secrets to living a long life. 

‘Life is in God’s hands’ she said, having led a simple life and having seen the islands change over the century she has been alive. 

A sister to 4 other siblings, some of them had died young, with one of them passing away at 37 due to a bomb raid during the war. She was born in Mosta, grew up in Msida and moved to Ħamrun when WWII struck. 

She was widowed in 1962 and had three children, two of whom passed away. Her daughter Carmen and her grandson Stephen now take care of her. 

Working as a seamstress, she lived through both the Spanish Flu and the COVID-19 pandemic. Carmen told The People of Malta that Maria used to make blankets and selling milk with the family goat. 

“Her family is very dear to her. She will not sleep without saying the rosary. She loves going through old photographs and recalling what she went through and recounting anecdotes. What does Maria like to eat? Simple food like vegetable soup and a slice of bread with oil and olives.”


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Johnny Depp is making a fortune selling his paintings of celebrities

 - Art - Mar 7 SHARE ON:
Johnny Depp is making a fortune selling his paintings of celebrities

Johnny Depp is mostly known for his acting profession as well as his lesser known musical career. But another talent of the celebrity has recently emerged as he starts to make a fortune off of painting celebrities. 

The actor’s second take of his ‘Friends and Heroes’ collection went on sale at Castle Fine Art Gallery last Monday, with prints starting at around $4,500. 

The paintings were sold out in just a few days, with the paintings depicting reggae star Bob Marley, writer Hunter S Thompson as well as late actors Heath Ledger and River Phoenix. 

His previous collection had depicted folk legend Bob Dylan, Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards, actress Elizabeth Taylor and actor Al Pacino.

His very first round of paintings had earned him $3.6 million, which sold out in July almost immediately. Depp has made anywhere from $17,500 to $17,800 in just a few days. 

Depp had revealed to the Daily Mail that he had restricted himself to his day job of the film business for many years. However, he always ‘needed to escape into a blank piece of paper, whether it be writing, drawing or painting a blank canvas.’ 


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