American Hippopotamus

A story of how far people would go to satiate their hunger. Worries of starvation prevailed in the 1900s, when the US faced meat scarcity alongside an infestation of water hyacinths in rivers, swaps and other bodies of water, killing aquamarine life. Enter Robert Broussard and Frederick Burnham, two unusual men with a strange bond who teamed up to look into an unlikely solution: the hippopotamus. While supported by former president Roosevelt, the ‘hippo bill’ ultimately didn’t pass in the US House of Representatives. Read full article here

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