Animal Gangsters

Gangster European green crabs invade Haida Gwaii
The European green crab is aggressive and feeds voraciously on shellfish. They have no natural predators and reproduce at high rates. Each female can have up to 185,000 offspring at a time. Prime concern is the impact on eelgrass, a critical habitat for young salmon. The invader was introduced in California 3 decades ago and is steadily moving north. In the past 3 years they have appeared in Haida Gwaii and their numbers are huge and growing.
Conservation groups trap crabs by the tens of thousands and freeze them to kill them. They are crushed and used for compost.
Gangster Australia bird attacks - magpie swooping
In Australia each spring magpies and humans begin their turf war. Streets and parks become the battleground and innocents the victims. Magpies rule over their kingdom with an iron claw. Humans best wear their protective gear in magpie no-go zones, and duck for cover. Bird experts claim magpies are misunderstood and humans are the aggressors. Australian magpies are a protected native species, and their warble is quintessentially Australian. As predators of many pests, they do much good. Only a small portion of male gangster magpies engage in the heinous practice of swooping, but few Australians are without a story.
Gangster 'doomsday fish' appears in Taiwan
A deep-sea diver had an encounter with a 6-foot “doomsday” fish off the waters of Taiwan. The fish, called an oarfish, was found with what appeared to be large bite marks on its body. The illusive creature, said to be a harbinger of earthquakes and other disasters, was at least 8ft long. The connection between the appearance of an oarfish and tsunamis or earthquakes has not been scientifically proven. Appearances are extremely rare because the fish ordinarily lives at depths exceeding 1km.
Gangster emus spotted in Prince George

In 2021 residents of Prince George were on the hunt for a rouge emu named Dora the Explorer. Corralled at the airport the bird was returned to its owner. It escaped again instantly. Posts on Facebook regularly detail encounters with Prince George’s gangster bird since. We can now say birds, and they are tough enough to survive without help from dumb humans.
An escaped emu in Tennessee led cops on a 20-mile chase this spring after it got spooked and jumped its 7-foot fence. In that case the athletic perp led cops on a 20 mile high speed chase at speeds approaching 35 mph.
Gangster Killer whales ram boat off the coast of Morocco
A UK couple were attacked by killer whales. They were minding their own business when a pod of orcas started bumping their boat, an attack lasting an hour. "Orcas enjoy the thrill of the chase, so ideally we'd have kept still, but that wasn't possible because of the winds."
Gangster goldfish on the rise in B.C.
Goldfish are adaptable, intelligent, and in many cases, end up being flushed down the toilet.
Dumped goldfish in B.C. waters are reproductive machines able to spit out 50,000 eggs at a time, three times a summer. Goldfish don’t even need a male to multiply, they have a special process called gynogenesis. Females clone themselves.
They have grown numerous and large, choking out the locals.
Flaco the owl a NYC gangsta
Flaco the owl has become the biggest tourist draw in NYC and is famous.
Official attempts to capture Flaco (Skinny) have ended. Offical's dead rats and recorded owl calls didn't impress Flaco enough. They, and his legions of fans, will be keeping an eye out for any signs of distress from Flaco.
Native NY crows have learned to keep their distance from Flaco and not fuk with him.
For two weeks, an owl that escaped from New York's Central Park Zoo has flown from treetop to treetop, eluding capture and amassing fans worried about its ability to survive alone in the big city.
Would Flaco, a majestic Eurasian eagle-owl, starve because he hadn't developed the ability to hunt while in captivity?

Flaco has made the rounds of Upper Manhattan but hasn't strayed too far from the park. Officials attempted various recapture schemes.
The answer was a resounding nope: Flaco has a huge smorgasbord of rats in the park and has been stuffing himself. He has disgourged a river of bones and rat fur attesting to his hunting skills.
Pablo Escobar’s hippos getting fixed - whacking 'on the table'
Colombia will capture and transport 70 hippopotamuses to India and Mexico. It will cost $3.5 million. There are now between 130 and 160 of the hippos which took up residence in the Magdalena River watershed. Unchecked, they could proliferate to 1,500 in 16 years. Various schemes to curb the hippos breeding have proven expensive and ineffective.

There is no political will for a cull of the beloved tourist attractions. “If we don’t do anything, 20 years from now the problem will have no solution.”
After the Colombian government added Escobar's cocaine hippos to a list of 'introduced, invasive species,' experts say killing them may be the only viable option. Attempts to sterilize the animals is going poorly, is expensive, and is extremely difficult with something which can weigh as much as 1.8 tons. "Sacrifice (culling) remains on the table," said David Echeverri, head of the Cornare state environmental agency in charge of the sterilization effort. Studies suggest they could quadruple their population of 130 in 10 years if left unchecked.
At his zenith in the 1990s Pablo Escobar was one of the richest men in the world. With income peaking at more than $30 billion, the kingpin spent lavishly on his sprawling estates. The excesses of Hacienda Nápoles included a zoo stocked with exotic animals from around the world. Escobar brought four hippos to his estate before he was shot dead in 1993. They bred and multiplied. Relocation isn’t simple, they are up to 3,000 pounds, territorial and extremely dangerous.
24 of the hippos have been given a chemical that makes them infertile. The 'cocaine hippos' were sterilized after worries grew over their environmental impact. The decision to neutralize the herd’s breeding comes after a study concluded they were a hazard.
The ecological impact of Escobar's hippos is still largely unknown. Hippos have a lifespan of 50 years and spend most of their day under water in groups. They are notorious for being territorial and extremely dangerous. They are one of the most aggressive animals on the planet.
See ----->Pablo Escobar, the Narcos King
Hells Angels of the animal kingdom - feral hogs
Wild hogs are described in many ways. Deleterious and invasive is the most generous. Latest is 'Trophy Boar' from a bow hunter in Texas. 30 years ago in the Texas Panhandle, there were no wild hogs. Today they are common. Creeks and rivers serve as a swine highway to expand their range. Like a plague of locusts, nocturnal feral hogs destroy crops, they root and destroy manicured golf courses, raid turkey nests, muddy ponds with their excrement, and destroy cattle pastures. Texas has an estimated 2.6 million feral hogs and you can hunt them year round with no bag limit. You are doing a good deed offing the basterds.
Nasty, vicious, super-adaptable, crafty and disease laden. The feral hog's hellish impact on food chains, irrigation, recreation, and land replenishment is well known. Born of escaped domestic hogs and wild boars imported by sport hunters, they are prolific. Beginning at six months of age a sow (sounder) can spit out 12 piglet litters twice a year. The hellions have few, if any, predators tough enough to take them on. In Canada in the 1980s, Russian boars and European hogs landed as seed stock for meat production and controlled hunting. Oikers escaped, went feral and reproduced. Their numbers in Canada aren't clear, but they have exploded in number over the past decade.Their range now spreads over nearly 800,000 sq km, mostly on the Prairies.
Its said the pigs make good eating. Montana has a 'Squeal on Pigs' program. Citizens are urged to report the swine so they can be dispatched.
Gangster parrot Hariyal framed in India
A parrot named Hariyal was busted in 2015 after a woman claimed verbal abuse. Victim Janabai Sakharkar, 85, claimed that every time the bird laid eyes on her it would hurl obscenities. She accused her stepson Suresh Sakharkar of training the parrot. The Sakharkars were embroiled in a bitter dispute over inheritance. Cops thoroughly interrogated alleged perp Hariyal but couldn't get him to speak.
Cops tried to elicit obscene language from Hariyal. They brought in Ms. Sakharkar to trigger Hariyal’s onslaught, but the bird ignored her. Cops transferred Hariyal to the custody of a forestry department holding cell — where he still refused to speak.
Peppa Pig moves from 'gangster' to viral hit in China
Dubbed a "gangster" by state media just a few months ago, Peppa Pig has rediscovered the love in China. Peppa Pig is a British preschool animated television series. In May last year, Peppa Pig morphed into an anti-establishment symbol when it became associated with "shehuiren" -- slang for gangster. Thousands of Peppa Pig videos were culled from an app in China last year as part of the government's bid to cleanse the internet of all things Peppa.
A new movie teaser shows a rural man's attempt to discover what his city-raised granddaughter means when she says "Pei Qi' -- "Peppa Pig" in Chinese. After a failed attempt to paint a farm pig red, he adapts an old ventilation fan to make it look like the character, pleasing the waiting child.
The 6-minute trailer has gone viral on the Chinese internet, with over 330 million views on Weibo. It's a remarkable change in fortunes for the world's most famous “gangster icon” hog.
Oz 'bin chickens' get respect for downing toxic cane toads
Few animals are reviled in Oz more than the white ibis. The 'bin chicken' has an iron stomach and scavenges food from anywhere. The native bird is earning respect after it began eating an animal Australians hate even more; the invasive cane toad, a toxic pest.
Introduced in the 1930s, cane toads had no natural predators and their numbers started an exponential rise. The toad's skin contains venom which it releases when threatened, causing most animals that come into contact with it to die. Videos of ibis "playing" with the amphibians emerged. The clever ibis has learned to stress the toad, and then wash off the resulting toxin before consuming it whole. They won't soon run out of chow. There are billions of cane toads and they are prolific ... for every female cane toad it's 70,000 new cane toads each year.