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The growing problem of the Escobar hippos

Notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar has left the Colombian countryside a strange legacy.

On his jungle ranch 200 miles northwest of Bogota in the 1980s, Escobar built himself a small zoo and smuggled in elephants, giraffes and - among other things- four hippos. When the ranch was seized in the 1990s all the animals were impounded, except the hippos.

The hippos thrived and bred well. Now nobody knows for sure how many of them there are or what to do with them. Local environmental chiefs estimate between 50-60, with most still living in the lake at the ranch.

In 2008, National Geographic filmed the Escobar hippos.

'Adventurous' Henry Miller was 'much loved' by all

Family approved collect photograph of Henry Miller, 19, who was found dead in Columbia. Credit: SWNS Group

The family of a teenager who died in South America after taking hallucinogenic drugs during a tribal ritual have paid tribute to a much loved son and brother.

Henry Miller, 19, from Bristol, was in a remote rainforest area of Colombia with other tourists when he took the drug with a local tribe.

In a statement to the Bristol Post his father David Miller added: "Henry was an adventurous person who traveled extensively.

"He was polite, popular with a great sense of humour and was very much loved by his family and his many friends.

"We hope we can all be given the time and space to come to terms with what has happened and to grieve for our son and brother."

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Brit teen in S America drug ritual 'adventurous traveller'

The parents of Henry Miller, who died after taking a hallucinogenic drug during a tribal ceremony in South America, have released a statement about the incident.

David and Elizabeth Miller said: "In the last 48 hours we received the exceptionally sad news that our son Henry has died whilst travelling in Colombia.

Read: British teen died in 'remote rainforest area in Colombia'

"We understand that he took part in a local tribal ritual recommended by the hostel that he was staying at. The ritual involves a drink made from local plant infusions.

"We are awaiting further information from the Foreign Office, but it is likely that a reaction to this drink was the cause."

Mr Miller was in South America on a gap-year trip. His family described him as "an adventurous person who travelled extensively".

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British teen died in 'remote rainforest area in Colombia'

A British teenager has died in a remote rainforest area of Colombia after reportedly taking drugs during a tribal ritual.

Henry Miller, 19, was with other tourists when he took Yage, which brings on vivid hallucinations and supposedly spiritual experiences, in the remote town of Mocoa in the Putumayo region, The Daily Mail reports.

The teenager was reportedly in the remote town of Mocoa in the Putumayo region. Credit: Google Maps

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are aware of the death of a British national on 23 April in Colombia. We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.”

British teenager dies after tribal drug ritual in S America

A British teenager is reported to have died in South America after taking hallucinogenic drugs during a tribal ritual.

Henry Miller, 19, from Bristol, was in a remote rainforest area of Colombia with other tourists when he took a drug called Yage, which can bring on vivid hallucinations.

Mr Miller went missing that night, and his body was reportedly dumped on a nearby dirt road.

A fellow traveller told the Daily Mail he saw Mr Miller take the drug, and described the affects he witnessed.

"He wasn't speaking, he was lashing out with his hands and feet," he said.

"Then he started making weird animal noises, pig sounds and at one point he tried to fly. He kept saying, 'What's going on, oh my God' and holding his face."

Garcia Marquez: Bout of pneumonia prior to death

March 6, 2014 file photo, Colombian Nobel Literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Credit: AP Photo

Known affectionately to friends and fans as 'Gabo', Garcia Marquez had just returned from hospital after suffering a bout of pneumonia, doctors have said.

Although "One Hundred Years of Solitude" was his most popular creation, other classics from Garcia Marquez included "Autumn of the Patriarch", "Love in the Time of Cholera" and "Chronicle of a Death Foretold".

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Marquez: 'Death of the greatest Colombian of all time'

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez has said on Twitter:

'One thousand years of solitude and sadness at the death of the greatest Colombian of all time'

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Mil años de soledad y tristeza por la muerte del más grande colombiano de todos los tiempos! Solidaridad y condolencias a la Gaba y familia

Translation: The Giants never die

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Marquez 'out sold everything in Spanish but the Bible'

Colombian Nobel prize writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez waves. Credit: Reuters

The works of Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died today at his home in Mexico, outsold everything published in Spanish except the Bible.

Marquez was widely considered to be the greatest Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, and was often compared to literary giants like Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.

His epic 1967 novel One Hundred Years Of Solitude sold more than 50 million copies in more than 25 languages.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at home in Mexico

Gabriel Garcia Marquez greets journalists and neighbours on his birthday outside his house in Mexico City. Credit: Reuters\Edgard Garrido

Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died at his home in Mexico at the age of 87, a source close to his family has confirmed.

The Colombian writer's magical realist novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality.

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