invasive species: a non-native plant or animal that potentially causes damage to the environment, plant, animal, or human health
Cocaine Hippos To Be Flown To India And Mexico
In the late 1970s, a drug lord named Pablo Escobar brought four hippopotamuses to his private zoo in Colombia. When he was arrested, the government took over his home but allowed the hippos to stay. Since then, those 4 hippos have multiplied to more than 130. They are an invasive species, not found in South America. The hippos are a danger to people and the environment. Some people see the hippos as quirky and lovable, while others recognize them as a threat. Authorities plan to capture about 70 of the hippos and send them to sanctuaries in India and Mexico. This will be an expensive and difficult process, but it’s seen as the best solution to the problem.
1. Invasive species can cause harm to the environment and the economy by outcompeting native species for resources.
2. Some invasive species can even pose a threat to human health, such as certain types of mosquitoes that can carry diseases.
3. Invasive species can be introduced to new areas accidentally, such as when they hitch a ride on cargo ships.