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Posted by on Apr. 19, 2010 at 11:46 PM
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The hippo and the tortoise


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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 Mombasa.

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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 when tsunami waves struck the Kenyan coast on December 26, 2004 before wildlife rangers rescued him.

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“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’,” ecologist Paula Kahumbu, who is in charge of Lafarge Park, told AFP.

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“After it was swept 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 follows its mother. If somebody approaches the tortoise, the hippo becomes aggressive, as if protecting its biological mother,” Kahumbu added.

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“The hippo is a young baby, he was left at a very tender age and by nature, hippos are social animals that like to stay with their mothers for four years,” he explained.

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This is a real story that shows that our differences don’t matter much when we need the comfort of another. We could all learn a lesson from these two creatures of God. Look beyond the differences and find a way to walk the path together.

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by on Apr. 19, 2010 at 11:46 PM
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msmoody
by Ruby Member on Apr. 19, 2010 at 11:48 PM

 Awww..

Chaotic_Rayne
by on Apr. 19, 2010 at 11:48 PM

 Awwwe! Thats cute!
I saw that show, animal friends, or something like that... they showed them and a few others including a lion and an antalope... too cute.

Swtmama62205
by on Apr. 19, 2010 at 11:48 PM

omg soooo cute!!!!

Keila8
by on Apr. 19, 2010 at 11:49 PM

I'd seen this before but it def an "awww" thing :D

 

nemiller
by on Apr. 19, 2010 at 11:49 PM

that really did make me go "awww!"

Stormy6669
by on Apr. 19, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Cute!

mamaleah17
by on Apr. 19, 2010 at 11:50 PM

That is so adorable!

kittygurl1234
by on Apr. 19, 2010 at 11:50 PM

 how cute!

CODYSMOM_00
by on Apr. 19, 2010 at 11:51 PM

cute!!!

cherib82
by on Apr. 19, 2010 at 11:51 PM

that is so stinkin cute i want one yeah right where in the heck would i  put that in my yard bet no one would try to rob my house though

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