Mexican authorities baffled by Tyson the hippo running loose since January

Mexican authorities baffled by Tyson the hippo running loose since January
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Authorities are worried about a hippopotamus that is roaming loose in a swampy area of southern Mexico.

Nobody knows where the animal came from, but hippos are not native to the country.

The hippo appears to have been living in a pair of ponds near Las Chopas, in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

Mexico's office for environmental protection said experts are looking for the best way to trap and move the three-year-old, 1,320lb mammal.

Hippos can be aggressive, posing a potential danger to the public and native species.

The hippo was first spotted by local media near a rubbish dump in January.

Residents of the town have come to love the animal so much they have nicknamed it Tyson.

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