Interestingly, from my knowledge of watching a lot of National Geographic, I know that hippos are dangerous creatures, responsible for hundreds of deaths of people who unexpectedly walk into their territories. To have this wild animal "casually strolling" the streets of Miaoli, knowing what it is capable of, presented as "cutesy"... words fail me.
I mean, residents and animal activists alike should be up in arms as to how this animal was so carelessly transported in the first place. What if there had been people in the car? What if Taiwanese people, unaware of the danger, tried to take pictures of it at a closer range? What if someone had been killed? Wasn't there a report recently on someone in China trying to pet a lion... with the logical consequence?
To make it worse, the same irresponsible people drop the hippo again when delivering it to a pond "for rest and healing". One wonders if the internal injuries were not compounded on purpose by heartless people who did not want to invest on a "defective" animal, meaning one that is hurt and money must be paid for medical care. If they throw away old, sick dogs, and a wounded hippo is not a money maker...
What care was available? What agency can enforce the care and transport of dangerous, wild animals? Next time it can be a bear, a tiger, a pack of wolves... anything is possible. Who an defend not only the animals but the citizens from irresponsible cheapskates? Did you see the container the animal was being transported in? Gosh, no wonder it jumped, and later, was dropped.
Can't blame the press. They go with what is given to them. And as said, there is little freedom when murkiness abounds. But my questions above, I'd like some answers, but I am not holding my breath.
Anyways, the poor hippo is finally free from the cruelty of this world. All one can hope is karma to catch up with the ones responsible for its cruel, painful demise.