WI: The Americans Imported the Hippos Into the Mississipi?

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by Ikny, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. Ikny Trash

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    In short, in 1910 America had a meat crisis, in that there wasn't enough for the growing population. Some people, including notable adventurers, came with the idea of bringing hippos to ranch and also control the hyacinth plant issue.

    What would happen if this occurred? Would people died from hippos creating a greater danger in the water?
     
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  2. eltf177 Well-Known Member

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    Hippos kill more people than lions, so they would eventually be hunted to extinction...
     
  3. Alanith Well-Known Member

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    You'd eventually see them exterminated after it becomes clear what a goddamn menace they are.
     
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  4. stevej713 Well-Known Member

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    Could they be farmed though? Has anyone tried a hippo burger?
     
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  5. Ikny Trash

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    Teddy Roosevelt apparently supported the plan because his adventurer buddies were advocating it. Let's say this happens and the hippos are too difficult to farm, killing people. Could this affect the 1912 election?

    No one is trying in Africa, so I think that speaks to the potential.
     
  6. WaterproofPotatoes #TeamMahan

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    Hippos would be very difficult to farm. They're extremely aggressive and territorial, and their huge size and strong hides make taking down a charging hippo difficult. Their long lifespans, long gestation periods and expensive upkeep are problems as well. A hippo farmer would likely need some sort of protected tractor and an elephant gun at all times.

    Comedy option: In captivity, get the American hippos accustomed to eating kudzu before releasing them into the wild. Then, at least one problem has some progress is made. That, or you have giant angry hippos with a never-ending supply of nature's super weed to fortify them.
     
  7. Somedevil Well-Known Member

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    Why do I picture Gators and Hippo's fighting it out in the delta
     
  8. Puzzle Donor

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    You're probably picturing hippos fighting crocodiles, which they already do.
     
  9. weasel_airlift Well-Known Member

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    Mass death scenario. Hippos become the dominate life form in the Americas

    And it ends badly for the crocodiles generally. They can only take on baby hippos (If very brave or stupid), or heavily weakened hippos.

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  10. Byzantion Well-Known Member

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    Teddy Rossevelt would have had a field day.
     
  11. Mad Bad Rabbit Well-Known Member

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    President Obama Announces Funding for Expanded Hippo Fence along Mississippi River

    Ferryboat Attack Kills 12.
     
  12. interpoltomo please don't do coke in the bathroom

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    a fence that covers the "international exclusion zone", which used to be louisiana, arkansas, missisipi, alabama and florida...
     
  13. Father Maryland Enemy of Neo Secesh Everywhere

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    A never ending "Killstravaganza".
     
  14. Puzzle Donor

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    To be fair, they do much better dancing.
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  15. Khanzeer Well-Known Member

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    My 4 yr old would make me go there all the time, dont do this to me !
     
  16. Dave Howery laughs at your pain

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    this scenario (sorta) was the basis of a (bad) AH novel, River of Teeth. Although the hippo release was pre-ACW. The novel pictures them as being both feral and confined to a short stretch of swamp land, and domesticated throughout the south (that is debatable at the least)…
     
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  17. hammo1j Member Donor

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    Genius! By now the Mississippi would be famous for the Hippo tour.

    Hat's off to something I could never have conceived!
     
  18. jazzer01 Member

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    I , for one, welcome our new Hippo overlords.
     
  19. Khanzeer Well-Known Member

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    Hippo will be on the flag of Mississipi ?


     
  20. bsmart Well-Known Member

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    I thought Kudzu was only introduced in the 1950s as a quick growing ground cover along highway projects.
    Just did some checking. It was introduced to the U.S> as an ornamental at the Centennial Exhibition of 1876. Used as a cover crop in the early 20th century and used by the CCC to help mitigate soil erosion in the Dust Bowl in the 30s.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kudzu_in_the_United_States
     
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