El Salvador has become known for violence. It’s among the world’s most violent countries, with an average of 14 people murdered each day. Most of the killings are carried out by various street gangs.
This violence now extends beyond people with the brutal beating of Gustavito, a well known, beloved hippopotamus who lived at the nation’s only zoo.
Many Salvadorans took to social media to mourn the loss of Gustavito. Some went to the zoo to pay their respects and leave flowers. Gustavito’s section of the zoo is closed until further notice.
“Here we’re used to seeing the dead every day,” Martin Castillo, a street vendor said Monday. “They kill us like flies, but this tops it all. They killed an animal that only entertained us.”
The attack happened last Tuesday night. Zookeepers did not see the hippo’s injuries until Thursday. Gustavo died late Sunday night.
The country’s justice minister has opened an investigation.
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