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100 Year-old Tortoise acts as Mom to Baby Hippo

100 Year-old Tortoise acts as Mom to Baby Hippo


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 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. 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.

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Comment by ૐ Daisy ૐ on March 14, 2011 at 10:18pm
omgosh that is the sweetest thing.. i have a redfooted tortoise at this especially tugs at my heart aweeeeeeeeeee (*squeeels*)
Comment by Michelle Gillen on March 14, 2011 at 9:27pm
This is so sweet.
Comment by Trudy on February 24, 2011 at 2:09pm

Oh Yes my dearest friends ... tis is what we need in these desparate times when it seems that everything and everywhere is doom and gloom...

In deep gratitude for your presence sweet Souls of SoE XXX

Comment by ian on February 24, 2011 at 1:13pm
lol so cute thanks for this
Comment by Simmy on February 24, 2011 at 12:50pm
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww...this is so lovely! Thanks Trudy!

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