Friday, October 23, 2009

In Veracruz That's Just the Way Things Go

Another day, another animal you wouldn't expect to see running loose in Mexico running loose in Mexico.

A 2,200-pound hippopotamus that escaped from a private zoo has been shot to death after more than a month on the run in the countryside of southeastern Mexico.

An official with Mexico's animal protection agency said Thursday the hippo was shot at least twice the previous day near a river outside the town of Alamo in Veracruz state. Witnesses told reporters that police fired the shots while trying to capture it.

Why local police would think that pumping hot lead into a fleeing hippopotamus would be a productive way to go about capturing it is beyond us, but we're savoring the imaginary version of the scene that's playing in our heads right now.

10 comments:

Gringa-n-Mexico said...

They shot it in the ass as it was running away? REALLY!?? "Gee let's piss it off but not kill it!"

OMG could you imagine if they shot down a zoo animal in the States? PETA would CRAP.

:P LOL thanx for sharing :)

Burro Hall said...

That's a "private zoo" animal - meaning some random citizen was keeping a live hippopotamus on his property. It's like shooting Michael Jackson's llama.

Anonymous said...

still, it's a horrible ending. so many animals are needlessly killed. it's really very sad that another hippo is dead.

Anonymous said...

You know, they are the most lethal animal to humans in Africa. What's wrong with a little payback?

Anonymous said...

You know, they are the most lethal animal to humans in Africa. What's wrong with a little payback?

Gringa-n-Mexico said...

"Michael Jackson's Llama"

*snort*

I like you more and more. :P

Anonymous said...

there are fewer hippos than there are people. not a fair trade in payback - so let's see, maybe if it was done by weight - shoot X number of people per hippo, with X being equal in weight to adult hippo weight.

Burro Hall said...

If we did that, we'd need to shoot a lot more Mexicans than we would Americans. USA! USA!

Anonymous said...

Stuff like this is why I value Burro Hall.
Penelope in SMA

Burro Hall said...

Commenters like you are what keep us going! (Also, the low wages and lack of government regulation in Mexico, but that's a given.)