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Beloved hippo dies after brutal beating at El Salvador zoo, authorities say

Beloved hippo dies after brutal beating at El Salvador zoo, authorities say

El Salvador's widespread violence reached an unexpected corner with the brutal and fatal beating of the national zoo's beloved hippopotamus Gustavito.

Even among a population numbed by a staggering human death toll due to gang violence in recent years, the animal's death late Sunday stirred outrage.

Salvadorans mourned through social media and some left flowers at the gate of the zoo, which has been closed until further notice.

"Here we're used to seeing the dead every day," Martin Castillo, a street vendor in the capital's historic downtown, said Monday. "They kill us like flies, but this tops it all. They killed an animal that only entertained...

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