The Tortoise and the Hippo….

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 when tsunami 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',” ecologist Paula Kahumbu, who is in charge of
Lafarge Park, told AFP.

“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.

“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.

2 thoughts on “The Tortoise and the Hippo….”

  1. FYI your Irish yoga post is making the rounds all over the world. Got it from a friend in Calgary who got it from a friend in the UK.

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  2. Actually, I get alot this kind of stuff from a guy who sends them to me. So I can't take credit :)

    Interesting that you got it from calgary, who got is from UK, cos I'm in calgary too! Which means that is has bounced back and forth across the world a couple of times :)

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