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The Hippo and the Tortoise

Much of life can never be explained but only witnessed.



NAIROBI (AFP) – A  baby hippopotamus that survived the Tsunami waves on the Kenyan coast has formed a strong

bond with a giant male century-old tortoise in an animal Facility in the port city of Mombassa , officials said.The hippopotamus, nicknamed Owen, and weighing about 300 kilograms (650 pounds), was swept down Sabaki River into the Indian Ocean. Then forced back to shore whenTsunami waves struck the Kenyan coast on December 26, before wildlife rangers rescued him.

‘It is incredible. A-less-than-a-year-old hippo has adopted a male tortoise, about a century old, and the tortoise seems to be very happy with being a ‘mother’,’ said ecologist Paula Kahumbu, who is in charge of Lafarge Park.

‘After it was swept away and lost its mother, the hippo was traumatized. It had to look for something to be a surrogate mother.Fortunately, it landed on the tortoise and established a strong bond. They swim, eat and sleep together,’ the ecologist added. ‘The hippo follows the tortoise exactly the way it followed its mother. If somebody approaches the tortoise, the hippo becomes aggressive. By nature, hippos are social animals that like to stay with their mothers for four years,’ he explained.






9 comments on “The Hippo and the Tortoise

  1. russtowne
    December 7, 2012

    Love it! I plan to reblog it too. Thank you!

  2. russtowne
    December 7, 2012

    I love this story and these endearing photos!

  3. russtowne
    December 7, 2012

    Reblogged this on A Grateful Man and commented:
    I love these photos, amazing story, and the inspiring message. If they can do it, surely we all can. May we all find our way.

    • Judy
      December 9, 2012

      Wouldn’t that be nice Russ if we could find a way for all of us to get along. Can’t see it happening in my life time though. 🙂

  4. dorannrule
    December 7, 2012

    This is just beautiful!

  5. billgncs
    December 7, 2012

    that’s nice. I read once hippos are very dangerous.

    • Judy
      December 9, 2012

      yeah there was a story on the television a while ago where one charged a tourist while she was taking it’s photo and she died. Really sad!

  6. jiltaroo
    December 7, 2012

    It’s a lovely story and I have seen it on television. I have also heard that when Owen (also my son’s name) met a female hippo, he forgot about the tortoise. The tortoise just plodded on. Thank you for sharing this lovely story. Jen

    • Judy
      December 9, 2012

      I am so glad to hear that Owen found a mate. Sad about the poor old tortoise though 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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