Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Pygmy hippo puzzles hunter (NT)

This pygmy hippopotamus, shot by hunter Nico Courtney, has revived talk of released and escaped exotic animals in the Australian bush. What else is out there? It was shot dead during a pig hunting expedition in the Territory. The hippo is normally native to the swamps of west Africa, in particular Liberia.

Instead, this one - estimated to be about 250kg - was shot while roaming the bush of the Douglas Daly, 200km south of Darwin. This is about 16,000km away from Liberia.

It is believed the female hippo is an old escapee from Tipperary Station, from when it used to be an exotic animal reserve.


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