Feral hippos once owned by kingpin Pablo Escobar are 'legal persons,' court rules

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In a game-changing precedent for animal rights activists, a herd of hippos were recognized on Wednesday as "legal persons" by a federal court in Ohio.

The group of hippos is a famous one—they were once owned by Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who kept a personal menagerie on his estate east of Medellín that included elephants, giraffes, zebras, and other big game.

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