Nairobi, a baby hippopotamus that survived tsunami
waves on the Kenyan coast began following a
giant century-old male tortoise in an animal
facility in the port city of Mombassa, and the
two formed a strong bond.
said that the hippopotamus, nicknamed Owen and
weighing about 650 pounds, was swept down Sabaki
River into the Indian Ocean, then forced back
to shore when tsunami waves struck the Kenyan
coast before wildlife rangers rescued him.
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 was in charge of Lafarge
After the hippo was swept away and lost
its mother, it was traumatized it searched
for a surrogate mother. Fortunately, it landed
on the tortoise and they established a strong
bond. They swam, ate and sleept together,
the hippo following the tortoise just as it
would have followed its mother.
somebody approaches the tortoise, the hippo
becomes aggressive, as if protecting
its biological mother," Kahumbu added.
"The hippo was a young baby, left at a
very tender age.
By nature, hippos are social animals that like
to stay with their mothers for four years,"
differences don't matter much when we need
the comfort of another. We could learn from
these two creatures of God, to look beyond our
differences and find a way to walk the path
of life together.
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